You probably don’t think of the Colorado foothills when you think about harvesting maple syrup, but both natives and settlers collected the sugary sap of the Boxelder well into the 20th century. Plains tribes like the Pawnee, Cheyenne, and Sioux used the sap to make syrup, sugar and to flavor beverages. Southwestern tribes use the inner bark to make sugary winter food. Several tribes use the wood for bowls, utensils, charcoal and for ceremonial purposes.
Its soft, close-grained wood is generally unsuitable for commercial use.