Box elder (Acer negundo) also known as ashleaf maple, manitoba maple, flame box elder and also flame elder tree
A relatively soft hardwood with a specific gravity of 0.45
Workability : Glues, sands and finishes well
Description/ Identification : Box elder is a species of maple that usually has creamy white close grained wood, but after the ambrosia beetle infects the tree, and the fungi follow, a very unique thing starts to happen. The wood will eventually turn into a mix of red, orange and light yellows, producing a red sunburst pattern in the endgrain. Very similar to the way silver and black show in endgrain of ambrosia maple. Box elder is a very easy wood to work with and is always an eye catcher.