The Winter Box Elder can be identified by looking at the twigs and bark.
On the twig, leaf scars meet in a raised point and you will see the leaf scars circling the stem.
Buds are covered in whitish hairs. The terminal bud is pointed, reddish, woolly.
Twigs are greenish to purple and slender and hairless. They grow opposite each other on the branches.
Epicormic branches can be seen sticking out on the trunk; they are usually green. These are little random branches that just stick out on the trunk.
The bark will be smooth while the tree is young. The tree will develop bark that is gray brown with interlacing ridges and furrows.
Here is my drawing/interpretation of a Box Elder Twig. I am learning to draw and it has been really fun drawing nature. If anyone is inspired to draw a Box Elder twig and send it to me, I would love it.
|Box Elder Twig|