Striped Maple - Acer pensylvanicum

This shrub-like maple species grows to be about 4-10 metres high, and has the largest leaves of any Ontario maple. It is easily identified by the whitish vertical stripes on the bark. Striped Maple provides food in the form of bark and keys for many species, including beaver, deer, many songbirds, and small mammals. Moose like to eat this tree so much that it is known by some as moosewood. The beautiful leaves of the Striped Maple turn yellow in the fall, and this striking colour makes it a favourite garden species.

Striped Maple Branch
The greenish-brown bark and whiteish stripes make this maple species easy to recognize.

Striped Maple Leaves
The Striped Maple has opposite, palmate leaves with three lobes. These large (10-18cm) leaves turn yellow in the fall.

Striped Maple Flowers
The bright yellowish-green flowers bloom in long clusters in May and June.

Striped Maple Keys
The winged key pairs mature in late summer.

Ontario Tree Atlas map of non-planted Striped Maples. 1995-1999.
Ontario Tree Atlas map of non-planted Striped Maples. 1995-1999.

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