striped maple Aceraceae Acer
|Leaf: Opposite, simple, orbicular, 5 to 8 inches long, 3-lobed (resembles a goose foot), serrated margin; green above and paler below.
Flower: Species is dioecious; yellow-green, bellshaped, 1/4 inch long, appear in long, hanging slender clusters in late spring.
Fruit: Paired, wide-spreading samaras, 3/4 to 1 inch long, in hanging clusters, ripen in late summer and early fall.
Twig: Moderately stout, green changing to red or reddish brown, smooth; reddish buds narrowly ovoid, stalked, valvate.
Bark: When young, smooth gray-green with prominent white lengthwise stripes, older bark becomes reddish brown.
Form: Small tree or large shrub up to 30 feet tall.
Looks like: mountain maple
- red maple
| Additional Range Information:
Acer pensylvanicum is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting striped maple.
| External Links:
Silvics of North America
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson