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Boxelder (Acer negundo): A Review and Commentary

Robert R. Maeglin and Lewis F. Ohmann
Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club
Vol. 100, No. 6 (Nov. - Dec., 1973), pp. 357-363
Published by: Torrey Botanical Society
DOI: 10.2307/2484104
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2484104
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

Boxelder, a wide ranging tree species, has been primarily used for shelterbelt plantings. Now, because of its excellent fiberboard properties, early fast growth, sprouting ability, and broad adaptability, it should be considered as a potential commercial wood fiber source. Boxelder has short average fibers and vessel members (646 μm and 331 μm, respectively). Other fibers commonly used for fiberboard range in length from 1040 μm (Populus tremuloides) to 5400 μm (Pinus taeda) and vessel member lengths from 490 μm (Quercus rubra) to 670 μm (Populus grandidentata). Although, compared to these species, its fibers appear short, boxelder is still considered of commercial use, because its wood and pulp have a relatively high pH that is conducive to an enhancement of resin curing and fiber bonding.

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