Striped Maple (Moosewood)

Acer pensylvanicum

Striped Maple: Full Tree - Click here for larger image
  • Family: Aceraceae

  • Small-sized tree

  • Short trunk with open crown; upright branches

  • Reaches 9m (30’) in height

Photo by Jason Biggerstaff

Leaves
Twigs & Fruiting Structures
Bark
Distribution and Uses

Leaves

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Striped Maple: Leaves - Click for larger image
Striped Maple: Twigs - Click for larger image

Twigs & Fruiting Structures

  • Hairless and mostly green twigs with whitish stripes

  • Long hanging clusters of bell-shaped flowers with 5 yellow petals; appear May-June

  • Widely forking, paired, light brown, 1-seeded keys 3cm (1¼”) in length

Photo by Jason Biggerstaff

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Bark

  • Green with vertical, white stripes

  • Thin and smooth; can be warty

Distribution & Uses

  • Prefers moist upland soils

  • Inhabits parts of Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada, and Northeastern United States from Georgia and Minnesota to Maine

  • Planted for ornamentation

  • Bark eaten (often in winter) by various wildlife such as deer, moose, and beavers

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