Variegated Box Elder (Maple), Large Trees

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Acer negundo Flamingo (Standard)

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SIZES 1-2 3-910+
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock £89.94Out of Stock £74.94Out of Stock £69.96
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Acer negundo Flamingo: Bareroot Variegated Box Elder (Maple) Trees in Standard Sizes

Variegated Box Elder is not an elder at all, but a maple. It is a fast-growing, round headed tree with a dense but fairly narrow canopy, suitable for a small garden, especially because it is really intended for pollarding, which produces a constant supply of new shoots that are more attractive than older growth.
Its pink young shoots and foliage mature into green centred leaves with a creamy margin and a variable pink blush.

They can reach a height of about 6 metres.

Browse our variety of maple trees, or our full range of garden trees.

Delivery season: Box elder trees are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Height: 5-7m
  • Ideal for pollarding
  • Soil: Absolutely any except shallow chalk.
  • Variegated leaves with a pink tinge when young that recedes to the margins
  • Sterile, produces no seeds
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Flamingo Box Elder

A classic pioneer species, it will grow on pretty much any soil from a dry sandy pile of construction debris to a swamp: it only struggles on rocky chalk, but alkaline soil in general is fine. We really recommend planting it in full sun for the best foliage, but it will tolerate partial shade.

Almost everyone pollards this tree, in which case reversion (when the leaves on a stem losing their variegation) will not be an issue because you prune it every year. If you spot reversion on a non-pollarded tree, removed the affected stems immediately, before the problem spreads.

It is resistant to honey fungus.

Did You Know?

The species North American, and this variety was bred in Holland in the 1970's by J. Bastiaanse.
Despite the name Box Elder, it is a maple and if you look at the leaves, which grow in groups of three, you can see that they are like a normal maple leaf that has been divided into thirds, with a tiny bit of stalk separating the segments: this slightly resembles an elder leaf.

People sometimes ask why Latin and Greek based botanical names for plants are necessary. Acer negundo is a perfect example of one of the reasons.
In its native North & Central America, it is widespread and has a fistful of common names that could lead a confused person to wonder whether it is an Ash, a Maple or an Elder.
The maple names include Boxelder, Ash, Ash-leaf, Cutleaf, Negundo, Red River, and Three-leaved Maple.
The ash names are Black, Maple, Stinking, or Sugar Ash.
Finally, it is known as Californian or Western Boxelder. In many parts of the world, it is referred to as American Maple, although Canadians call it Manitoba Maple: enough! This is why it really helps to have one botanical name for each plant, although even this isn't perfect: botanical names can be changed, but old books can't (Winston would beg to differ...or would he?), so some plants acquire a few scientific names, often because variants within a species are sometimes described as separate sub/species. When there is a debate over such close classifications, taxonomists arm wrestle over them at the bar in their office until the science is clear.

Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

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    including VAT per order


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  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order


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  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order


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    Over £100 inc VAT

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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