Acer pensylvanicum

Striped Maple (Moosewood, Whistlewood, Snakebark)

Categories: Trees

A shrubby understory maple that is native to moist, rocky forests from Wisconsin to Quebec and south in the Appalachians to Georgia. It typically grows as a large shrub or small tree to 15-25’ tall (less frequently to 40’ tall) with a rounded but uneven crown that is sometimes flat-topped.

More About Acer pensylvanicum

  • native to northeast
  • prominent striping to the bark
  • typically grows as an understory tree in wooded areas
  • 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, hence the common name of whistlewood.

Key ornamental features are its interesting bark and fall color. 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.

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25-35 ft


10-15 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Acer pensylvanicum Characteristics


  • Native to Northeast
  • Interesting Bark
  • Mass Plant


  • Shade Tolerant
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Early Spring

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average

Fall Color

  • Yellow

Flower Color

  • inconspicuous


  • Columnar
  • Upright