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Acer pensylvanicum L.
Striped maple, Moosewood
USDA Symbol: ACPE
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Leaf:
Green Autumn Foliage:
Green Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May
CT , GA , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
ME & adjacent Canada to s.e. Ont. & U.P., MI, s. through mts. to n. GA Native Habitat:
Rich, shady woods USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater 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.
Propagate by stratified seed or cuttings. Late softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings may root under mist, however percentages are often low. Seed Collection:
Only female trees have seeds. The winged fruit
of maples is called a samara. Seed is usually not extracted from the samara. Seed Treatment:
3-4 months of cold stratication will improve germination. Commercially Avail:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Delaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DENatural Biodiversity
- Johnstown, PA
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Record Modified: 2012-10-15
Research By: TWC Staff