Box Elder (Acer negundo):

Box Elder is in the same genus as all the other maples, including the one in eastern North America that is tapped for its sap to make maple syrup! However, it is not called a maple because it has compound leaves (like an elder tree), instead of simple leaves like the other maples. Each leaflet, however, looks like a little maple leaf! You will find the Box Elder in the wooded areas near the river and sloughs at the Preserve. If you have a stream or wooded area in your yard, this tree could be a great fit for your garden!