Meet the Maples: Striped Maple

Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) is a small understory tree of northern New England forests. The bark of Striped Maple is mostly green with light vertical stripes.

Photo of Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) bark

Even finger-thick trees show this pattern:

Photo of Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) twig

Winter buds are stalked and have two scales. And, like all maples, leaves and branches occur in oppositely arranged pairs.

Photo of Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) buds

Leaves can be quite large and have three, long-tipped lobes.

Photo of Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) leaves

Flowers, which emerge in late spring, dangle in clusters from growing twig tips. Female flowers later develop into familiar winged "keys".

Photo of Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) flowers

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