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Acer pensylvanicum

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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

Height: 15'-40'

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

Acer pensylvanicum (striped maple)
  • Acer pensylvanicum (striped maple)
  • Acer pensylvanicum (striped maple)
  • Acer pensylvanicum (striped maple)
  • Acer pensylvanicum (striped maple)

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Description

Acer pensylvanicum

Also known as:

striped maple

,

moosewood

,

moose maple

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate from seed, or by softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
CT, GA, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Sapindales
Family Aceraceae Maple family
Genus Acer maple
Species Acer pensylvanicum striped maple