Striped Maple, Moosewood
Acer pensylvanicum 'Erythrocladum'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: pensylvanicum (pen-sill-VAN-ee-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Erythrocladum

Category:

Trees

Height:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Spacing:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Veined

Good Fall Color

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Georgetown, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Bar Harbor, Maine

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Canaan, New Hampshire

Cincinnati, Ohio

Spokane Valley, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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3
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0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Jan 2, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This small tree's unique ornamental asset is the brilliant, luminous coral red the bark turns on young branches in the winter and early spring. (The color turns green/white striped during the growing season.) The bark in winter reminds me of the Japanese maple cultivar 'Sango Kaku'.

This clone grows smaller than the species. The height is generally 15-20', though the species can reach 30' or more in the wild. (The US champion tree for the species is 77' tall.)

This tree is rare and difficult to find in commerce, because it can only be propagated by skilled grafting. But there are a few online nurseries that offer this. If you have to get on a waiting list for this, it's worth the wait.

Performs best with partial shade, cool conditions, regular m... read more

Positive

On Dec 10, 2010, Garden_Kitty from Newcastle, WA wrote:

This tree was planted by my grandmother in 1956 when they moved into their Spokane Valley home. Today it is a big and beautiful tree we have enjoyed for many years. The fall foliage is gorgeous and can be seen for blocks in the neighborhood!

Neutral

On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Acer pensylvanicum 'Erythrocladum' CORAL-STRIPE MAPLE Dec (z4) (Bon)
The winter shoots of this uncommon small tree turn a glowing coral,striped with white; add handsome leaves & green-striped summer bark to make "this variety one of the most attractive of small hardy trees"(Bean). PSh/Med

Neutral

On Oct 29, 2006, Decumbent from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Has a reputation for being difficult to grow. I have mine in okay soil which is regularly irrigated and in heavy shade. So far so good. Hasn't grown much, but is holding its own.

Neutral

On Nov 9, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Difficult to find, but has some neat characteristics. The stems, when young, are bright red. Great for winter interest.