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Cultural Details for Acer pensylvanicum

Common Name:
Snake Bark Maple (Moosewood, Striped Maple, Whistlewood, Goosefoot maple)

Growth Rate:
Develops a broad, uneven, flat-topped or rounded crown. Often irregular and open. Slow under cultivation, medium or greater in native haunts.

Average Mature Height:
15-20’ in landscape, 30’ or more in wild

Average Mature Width:
15-20’ in landscape

Flower Details:
Dioecious, yellow to yellow-green, May, produced on pendulous, slender 4-6” long racemes, each 5-petaled flower is 0.33” diameter

Fruit Details:
Samara, about 0.5-1” long, wings spreading at a wide angle, born on a 1” long pedicel on a 4-6” long raceme.

Fall Color:
leaves change to vibrant yellow in autumn

Bark Details:
Young stems greenish brown or reddish; young branches (0.5” or greater) are green and conspicuously marked by long, vertical, greenish white stripes; old trunks lose the pronounced striping.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Several diseases including Anthracnose, several leaf spot diseases, powdery mildew, Verticillium wilt, several canker diseases Ganoderma rot, forest tent caterpillar, maple leaf cutter, box elder bug

Native Habitat:
Nova Scotia to Minnesota, south to northern Georgia. Introduced 1755

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Not easy to grow under cultivation; prefers partially shaded woods; well-drained, cool, moist, slightly acidic soils; in native range exists as an under story plant. Zone 3-7.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.