NAME: Acer pensylvanicum
- COMMON NAME: Moosewood, Striped Maple
Nova Scotia south to Georgia, west to Wisconsin
- GROWTH HABIT: Oval to rounded small tree up to 25' tall.
Grows best in light shade, can tolerate full sun in cooler northern
Prefers moist, acid,
well-drained soils; is not tolerant of drought. Grows as
an understory tree in moist woodlands.
- LANDSCAPE USE: Good tree for naturalizing.
Will fit small residential lots well but not adapted to urban
- FOLIAGE: Opposite,
4- 7" long and as much in width, 3 prominent lobes, base cordate,
The foliage is
green in summer with yellow
- BUDS: Valvate buds with
two scales, 3/8-1/2", bright red in winter. Terminal longer than
- BARK: Young stems bright green in the summer turning bright red in the winter. Two year old stems develop white vertical stripes that
with the red winter stem color. One
of the most striking
barks you will see.
(5-7 year) lose the distinctive
- FRUIT: Pendulous inflorescences give rise to samaras, 3/4"
- 1" long, wings wide spreading.
- PROPAGATION: Seed.
- PESTS: The landscape!
'Erythrocladum' - possible the most stunning plant for bark
characteristics. The brilliant red
stems with striking white stripes are a show stopper.
When well sited in front of an evergreen background, people have been
known to freeze to death while relishing the view. I was on a 3 year quest for
this plant and after a few thousand miles on my car I now have several of these