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.
Even finger-thick trees show this pattern:
Winter buds are stalked and have two scales. And, like all maples, leaves and branches occur in oppositely arranged pairs.
Leaves can be quite large and have three, long-tipped lobes.
Flowers, which emerge in late spring, dangle in clusters from growing twig tips. Female flowers later develop into familiar winged "keys".