County: not applicable
Date (D-M-Y): 8
Photographer: E. M. Barrows
Identifier: E. M. Barrows
Collector: not applicable
Location: National Arboretum
Keywords: A Forest Ecology information sheet National Arboretum Striped Maple tree
Acer pensylvanicum Linnaeus, Goosefoot Maple, Striped Maple (updated 2000 07 14, 2000 10 24, 2002 08 10)
(Petrides 1988, plate 11; Kricher & Morrison 1998, 127)
FE required name(s): Acer pensylvanicum, Striped Maple
Note: Acer pensylvanicum is correctly spelled with 2 n’s, not 3 n’s.
Please see “Information Sheet, Maples.”
AP is native to the Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec through Manitoba, south to Nova Scotia, New England, PA, and in the uplands south through northern GA and TN.
Identification by leaves: please see “Information Sheet, Maples.”
General roles in forests.
APs are autotrophs that generally live in forests, forest edges, successional areas, and sometimes in yards (as ornamentals).
Many kinds of organisms consume dead and living AP fruits, leaves, roots, and stems.
Specific roles in forests.
AP can be a common tree in thickets that are becoming forests and in young forests.
Beavers, deer, Moose, and rabbits eat AP bark, especially in winter.
Some bird spp. eat AP buds in winter.
Deer frequently eat AP foliage and stems (Grimm 1957, 276).
Deer and Moose favor leaves and young shoots (Farrar 1995).
AP can recover from heavy browsing.
Human uses: Some people use AP as an ornamental, partly because it has pretty striped stems.
People sometimes plant a similar species, Acer capillipes (Snakebark Maple, from Japan), as an ornamental, e.g., on Georgetown Campus.