Common Name: Snakebark maple
Origin/Ecology: Native to northeastern United States to eastern Canada
Habit: Shrubby understory maple, growing as a large shrub or small tree to 15-25′ tall with a rounded but uneven crown that is sometimes flat-topped.
Leaves: Obovate, double-serrulate, 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.
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite.
Flowers and Fruit: Small yellow flowers (1/3″ diameter) bloom in pendant racemes (to 6″ long) in spring (May). Flowers give way to winged samaras (to 1″ long).
Bark: Greenish bark on young branches and young trunks is vertically marked with distinctive white stripes (hence common names of snakebark maple and striped maple). Stripes may vanish over time as older bark turns reddish brown.
Water Use, Soil: Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Slightly acidic, consistently moist soils are preferred.
Exposure: Excellent shade tolerance. Plants dislike full sun conditions.
Landscape Uses: Best for woodland gardens or shaded naturalized areas.
Limitations: Leaves may scorch in full sun locations. Potential diseases include, verticillium wilt, leaf spots, tar spot, canker and root rots. Susceptible to aphids, scale, borers, caterpillars, and mites.