Common Name: boxelder
Hardiness Zone: 2 to 10
Height: 30 to 50 ft
Width: 30 to 50 ft
Description: The boxelder can be found anywhere in Minnesota. Boxelder prefers sites on river banks and lake sides. These trees are also survivors, they will tolerate the poorest conditions that the urban environment can throw at them. If there is an unusually hard spot to get any other tree established, one of these may be a good choice.
Unfortunately, they have weak wood and are prone to decay. These trees do not tend to live very long and are mostly seen as a nuisance. There are some cultivars available that do exhibit some nice characteristics and they can be pruned to exhibit a great form.