Striped Maple makes a beautiful large shrub or small tree, favoring slightly shady spots in the landscape. As with all maples, Striped Maple is considered a Keystone Species because it feeds more than 200 moth larvae including the Imperial Moth.
If you are looking for a tree to attract birds to your yard but have a small space, Striped Maple could be your tree. In addition to its bright fall foliage, leaves emerge pink in spring and young trunks are marked with vertical white stripes, adding winter interest and giving this tree its alternate name, Snakebark Maple.
It's also called Goosefoot Maple because the shape of the leaves is said to resemble a goose's foot.
- Pollinator value: High. Moth larval host. Native bees, beetles, wasps
- Scientific name: Acer pensylvanicum
- Height: 15-25 feet; 12-20-foot spread
- Light: Part Shade to full shade
- Soil: Medium, well drained
- Bloom: Yellow spring racimes
- Foliage: Dark green; bright yellow fall
- Landscape: Woodland gardens, specimen in a partly shady area
- More information and native range here