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 Native Plant Database

Acer pensylvanicum

Striped maple, Moosewood

Aceraceae (Maple Family)

Acer pensylvanicum (Striped maple)
Smith, R.W.
Striped maple is a 20-40 ft., deciduous, understory tree with a graceful, arching, uneven crown and short trunk. The bark is smooth and green with longitudinal, white stripes on the trunk and branches. Old trunks lose the pronounced striping. Fall foliage is lemon-yellow. Unlike other native maples, the green flowers of this species are terminal and pendulous.

Striped Maple is easily recognized, even in winter, by the striped twigs and bark, which make it a popular ornamental. Rabbits, beavers, deer, and moose eat the bark, especially in winter.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf: Green
Autumn Foliage: yes
Fruit: Green
Size Class: 36-72 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May


USA: CT , GA , KY , ME , MD , MA , MI , MN , NH , NJ , NY , NC , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VT , VA , WV , WI
Canada: NB , NS , ON , PE
Native Distribution: ME & adjacent Canada to s.e. Ont. & U.P., MI, s. through mts. to n. GA
Native Habitat: Rich, shady woods

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Cool, well-drained, moist, acidic soils.

Last Update: 2012-10-15