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Acer pensylvanicum

Also called Snake Bark Maple


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Photo Courtesy of JF Schmidt

Photo Courtesy of JF Schmidt

More About Acer pensylvanicum

  • Small, rounded, irregular crown
  • Yellow-green bell-shaped flowers appear in long, hanging clusters
  • Three-lobed leaves emerge with pink hues in the spring
  • Dark green foliage in the summer, turning to bright yellow in the fall
  • Use in woodland gardens or shaded, naturalized areas
  • Bloom Time: Late spring

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario and parts of North America.

Greenish bark on young branches and trunks is vertically marked with distinctive, white stripes, hence the common names of Snakebark maple or Striped maple. Stripes may vanish over time as older bark turns reddish-brown. Both its fall colour and distinctive, striped bark make it visually appealing.

Zone:

3

Height:

7-8 m

Spread:

6-7 m

Colour:

Yellow
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Striped Maple Growing and Maintenance Tips

Striped maple is tolerant of many soil types, but grows best in moist, well-drained conditions, in dappled shade. It can be grown as a specimen tree or multi-stemmed plant.  Any pruning should be done in summer. Mulch well, but avoid heaping mulch against the stem. 


Acer pensylvanicum Characteristics

Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average
Moist to Wet Soils

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Deciduous
Fall Color

Flowering Time

Spring

Habit

Rounded
Upright

Foliage Color

Yellow
Green

Landscape uses

Naturalizing
Specimen
Woodland/woods edge