Acer pensylvanicum, commonly known as the striped maple or moosewood, is a deciduous tree species native to eastern North America. It is a small to medium-sized tree that typically grows to a height of 20 to 35 feet (6 to 11 meters) with a trunk diameter of up to 10 inches (25 cm).
The bark of the striped maple is distinctive, with long, vertical stripes of green and white. The leaves are simple, palmately veined, and 3-lobed with toothed edges. They turn bright yellow in the fall before dropping.
The tree produces small yellow-green flowers in the spring that are followed by winged samaras (seeds) in the summer. The samaras are about 2 inches (5 cm) long and have a distinctive V-shape.
Striped maple is an understory tree and prefers moist, well-drained soils in partial to full shade. It is commonly found in deciduous forests and is a favorite food source of moose and deer.
In addition to its ornamental value, the striped maple has some traditional uses. Native Americans used the bark to make a tea for treating coughs and colds, and the wood was used for making snowshoes, tool handles, and other small items.
Overall, Acer pensylvanicum is a beautiful and interesting tree that is well-suited for shade gardens and natural areas in its native range.