Acer pensylvanicum

Snake Bark Maple (Moosewood, Striped Maple, Whistlewood, Goosefoot maple)

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Develops a broad, uneven, flat-topped or rounded crown. Often irregular and open. Slow under cultivation, medium or greater in native haunts.
Mature Height - 15-20’ in landscape, 30’ or more in wild
Mature Width - 15-20’ in landscape
Longevity -

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Dioecious, yellow to yellow-green, May, produced on pendulous, slender 4-6” long racemes, each 5-petaled flower is 0.33” diameter
Fruit - Samara, about 0.5-1” long, wings spreading at a wide angle, born on a 1” long pedicel on a 4-6” long raceme.
Leaf - Opposite, simple, roundish obovate, 3-lobed at apex, 5-8” long and wide, pinkish tinged when unfolding, bright green at maturity; pubescent beneath when young, finally glabrous; petiole-1-3” long.
Fall Color - leaves change to vibrant yellow in autumn
Bark - Young stems greenish brown or reddish; young branches (0.5” or greater) are green and conspicuously marked by long, vertical, greenish white stripes; old trunks lose the pronounced striping.
Other Features -
Possible Use - Naturalizing an area, perhaps as a specimen plant if proper conditions can be provided.
Season Of Interest -

Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Not easy to grow under cultivation; prefers partially shaded woods; well-drained, cool, moist, slightly acidic soils; in native range exists as an under story plant. Zone 3-7.
Native Habitat - Nova Scotia to Minnesota, south to northern Georgia. Introduced 1755
Diseases and Insects - Several diseases including Anthracnose, several leaf spot diseases, powdery mildew, Verticillium wilt, several canker diseases Ganoderma rot, forest tent caterpillar, maple leaf cutter, box elder bug
Strength - Can grow in typically inhospitable situations.
Weakness - not good with heat and drought; bark is thin and subject to mower and weed-eater damage; plants appear canker susceptible under stress.

Plants of this taxon:
-not currently in our collection-

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- Other plants with the common name Maple.
- Other plants of the family Aceraceae.
- Other plants of the genus Acer.
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