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Ash-leaved Maple, Boxelder Maple
The Boxelder is a native tree found throughout Virginia. It is in the same genus as the maple trees. It is fast spreading and is considered an invasive species in some parts of North America, despite being native. Several birds and some squirrels feed on the seeds. The Maple Bug (also known as the Boxelder Bug) lays its eggs on all maples, but prefers this species. The name "Boxelder" is a reference to the use of its wood for making crates and boxes and the similarity of the leaves to those of elder trees (from which we get elderberries). The leaves also resemble those of some ashes, which is the basis for the additional common name of Ash-leaved Maple. Native Americans used Boxelder extensively for incense, beverages, implements in ceremonies, and to make charcoal for paintings and tattoos.
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