Common Name: Striped maple, Snakebark maple, Moosewood, Whistlewood,
Native Range: Northeastern United States, eastern Canada
Zone: 3 to 7
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 15-20 feet
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: Yellow to yellow-green, borne on 4-6″ long racemes. Bees are the principal method of pollination for this maple.
Sun: Part shade
Leaf: Good Fall
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Heavy Shade
Pollen 2 of 5
Nectar 2 0f 5
Culture: Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade. Excellent shade tolerance. Plants dislike full sun conditions. Slightly acidic, consistently moist soils are preferred. Best performance occurs in cool summer climates. They have a very attractive bark when young, and will get much attention in the garden. However, the bark is thin, so protect these trees from lawnmowers and string trimmers. Once damage occurs the tree may develop a fatal canker.
Greenish bark on young branches and young trunks is vertically marked with distinctive white stripes (hence the common names of snakebark maple and striped maple). Stripes may vanish over time as older bark turns reddish brown. Three-lobed leaves (to 7” long) emerge with pink hues in spring, mature to dark green by summer and turn bright yellow in fall. Leaf purportedly resembles a goose foot, hence the common name of goosefoot maple for this plant. Moose and white tailed deer often browse the leaves and young twigs hence the common name of moosewood. Whistles can easily be carved from branch sections, therefore the additional common name whistlewood.