Confusing Boxelder Trees with Poison IvyIt is not rare for a person to identify a boxelder tree as poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans). You can see why this is the case if you compare the images provided with this article. Because I am aware of the similarity between the two plants and the tendency of others to make a mistake, I take great delight in revealing any boxelder trees people have on their land.
A Friend Enlightens MeA math and computer professor of a local university who is also a great outdoorsman informed me that the boxelder tree is a source of sweet syrup, much like a sugar maple tree. In fact, the boxelder is a kind of maple (Acer negundo).
Boxelder Syrup MakingI won’t pretend to tell you how to make boxelder syrup, since I myself have never done so! But there is a great video I found that I choose to embed in this article. It gives the viewer quick insight into the process. I hope you will enjoy it, and if you have boxelder trees, I hope you will give syrup making a shot.
Boxelder Image: Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Division of Forestry
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