Striped Maple Acer pensylvanicum
Family: Aceraceae (Maple)
Other names: Moosewood, Moose Maple
This shrubby maple occasionally grows to tree size.
It is a very distinctive plant with greenish bark that has vertical white stripes. It can hardly
be mistaken for anything else!
Striped Maple twig. Notice that it has fewer scales than the other maples and actually can look like
Cranberry Viburnum sometimes.
Lateral buds of Striped Maple.
The colour of the twigs can range from very red to very green.
End buds are often paired
Lateral bud and leaf scar
Twigs of Striped Maple (3 on top) and Mountain Maple (3 on the bottom).
Colourating can be similar, bud Mountain Maple twigs are consistently velvety and their buds
have two distinct scales
Striped Maple's most diagnostic feature is its bark.
Slightly more mature bark.
Twigs develop the striped look very early.
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