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Striped Maple Acer pensylvanicum

 

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Striped Maple, leaves and flowers
credit: Jason Hollinger (pellaea)/CCSA

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Family: Aceraceae, Maple view all from this family



Description Small deciduous tree. Young bark striped with green and white, and when a little older, brown. Leaves broad, soft, 8-15 cm. long and 6-12 cm. broad, with three shallow forward-pointing lobes. Fruit a samara; seeds 27 mm. long and 11 mm. broad, with a wing angle of 145° and a conspicuously veined pedicel.


Dimensions Height: 9 m. (30 ft.)
Diameter: 20 cm. (8 ft.).


Habitat Canyons & valleys.


Range Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, New England, Great Lakes, Plains.


Discussion Also called moosewood. Sometimes grown as an ornamental tree for its decorative bark, though it is difficult to transplant.


Comments This maple needs protection from wind and sun, and performs best at the edge of a woodland. It does not compete well with grass and doesn't respond to fertilizer. The thin bark is susceptible to mower and weed-eater damage. Though resistant to insects and disease, stiped maple is not tolerant of excessive heat or drought.


Exposure Preference Partial shade to shade.


Native Distribution Maine & adjacent Canada to s.e. Ontario & upper peninsula, Michigan, s. through mts. to n. Georgia


Site Preference Rich, shady woods


Soil Preference Cool, well-drained, moist, acidic soils. pH 4-5.


Wildlife Value Very high.


 

 

 

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