Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

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Striped Maple, Moosewood

Striped Maple, Moosewood

Acer pensylvanicum

Part sun to light shade; moderately wet to medium moisture level; coarse loamy sands to medium sandy loams; moderately to slightly acid pH.

15-20 feet height by 7-10 feet spread; inconspicuous greenish yellow flowers in spring; seeds are two-winged, tan-brown samaras in late summer.

Growth Rate: Slow

Maintenance: Infrequent disease and insect problems. Frequent wind and ice damage due to weak wood. Requires a sheltered location.

Propagation: Seed germination code C (90-120) at 41 degrees F. Very difficult from cuttings.

Native Region: Scattered statewide

A small understory tree well worth establishing but does not make a good lawn specimen tree. Not a tree for the tough urban setting. Best used in a naturalized setting. Smooth bark with longitudinal stripes on the trunk and branches. Vibrant lemon yellow leaves in fall. Prefers a partially shaded location in the woods. Cannot tolerate heat and drought, and leaves need shelter from the noonday sun. Cultivars available.

Very high wildlife value. Rabbits, beavers, and deer eat the bark, especially in winter.


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