Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Trees, Shrub-like Trees, Deciduous
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: low, medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, rich
Bloom Time: April, May
Bloom Color: yellow, green, brown
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6
Additional Tags: fall interest, shade garden plant, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Acer pensylvanicumAlso known as:
Acer pensylvanicum is an understory tree. It will remain short (up to 20') in full shade, and will grow up to 40' in a forest clearing or in part-shade. The leaves are bright-green, broad, with forward pointing shallow lobes. They turn pale-yellow in fall. The flowers are terminal and pendulous, and so are the showy clusters of samaras that follow. It owes its common name to its deeply striped bark, which is probably its most distinguishing feature.
Striped maple is one of the most shade resistant deciduous trees. It is quite content going through its life cycle as an understory tree or small shrub. Its form will be denser and more rounded with more light. It prefers cool moist, rich and well-drained soils. Its high shade tolerance and ability to out compete other understory species, have given it the reputation of being somewhat of a pest. Blooms April and May. Zones 3-6
Propagate from seed, or by softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings.
It is a winter food source for moose, whence the common names "moosewood" and "moose maple". The bark is also a food source for rabbits, beavers and deer.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
CT, GA, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV
|Species||Acer pensylvanicum||striped maple|