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Acer negundo 'Flamingo'

Variegated Boxelder

Plant Type:


Acer negundo ‘Flamingo’ – This is a lovely variegated form of Boxelder. Though Dirr reports this tree as growing 20’ tall by 15’ wide ours specimen after 10 years has remained a small tree stretching only to between 8’ and 9’ in moisture retentive open shade planted in very good soil. Each pinnately compound green leaflet unfolds light green, cream and pink. Leaves age broadly white-margined illuminating lightly-shaded or dappled woodland settings. Modest bark interest with bluish cast and glaucous overlay. Easy. Under-utilized. Small growing. Sweet. Cutting grown from our plant.


20 ft


15 ft

Characteristics and Attributes for Acer negundo 'Flamingo'

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Textured
  • Colored


  • Dappled Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade


  • Natural Garden
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Specimen
  • Shrub Border
  • Hedgerow

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Adaptable
  • Woodland
  • Average


  • North America

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Acer

So many maples, so little time! There are an extraordinary number of very good species in Aceraceae, many of smaller stature that fit well in smaller landscapes and gardens of any size. Most have multi-season appeal and, indeed, these are the ones to which we at Quackin’ Grass Nursery gravitate. Most are content in fertile draining soils sited in full sun. Others are happier in the part sun conditions akin to the understory stature as suggested by their size. Through the years we have found that many maples when planted in the far northern end of the USDA hardiness range respond well to protection during at least their first winter - preferably more - in the landscape, i.e. use tall stakes set firmly in the ground with burlap attached completely barricading the tree. All of our maple offerings are cutting grown; these plants are not grafted.