Acer pensylvanicum (Striped Maple) - Qt Super Plugs


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Striped maple is a typical understory tree of the North Woods, growing from Eastern Canada west to Michigan, south through the Appalachians to Tennessee and North Carolina.  Striped maple features large, goose-foot like trilobate leaves and bright green bark with white striations. the large leaves turn a buttery yellow in the fall, providing a warm glow to the understory.  The typical habitat of striped maple is cool, moist Northern Hardwood forests, along with sugar maple, beech, yellow birch and hemlock.


Striped maple would be a good tree for a naturalistic landscape, offering cover and food for many birds and small animals.  The striking green and white striped bark provides good winter interest, and on some forms young twigs and buds will flush red during the winter.  While not a tree for open, hot sites, striped maple excels in moist, shady spots and provides good mid-layer architecture to a woodland garden.  In the North and in higher elevations in the Southeast, striped maple makes an excellent patio tree, only growing to about 30 feet tall as a maximum.  Combine striped maple with silverbell, red spruce and smooth hydrangea for a lush forest border.


Striped maple is easily grown in moist, well-drained soil, provided its need for cool summer night temperatures is met.  Average midsummer night temperatures should be 65 or lower for striped maple to thrive - this is not a tree for the sultry nights of the South.  We grow it easily enough in Indiana, where July lows average around 64 degrees.

Our half-gallon Root Pouch striped maples have good root systems, and will establish and grow quickly in a good site.  These seedlings are 1 year old, and average 2-3 feet tall.


Common Name: Striped Maple
Botanical Name: Acer pensylvanicum