Striped Maple, Moosewood 'Erythrocladum'

Acer pensylvanicum

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


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



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring





Good Fall Color

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


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


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

Georgetown, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Bar Harbor, Maine

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Canaan, New Hampshire

Jackson, New Jersey

Cincinnati, Ohio

Spokane Valley, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 29, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

A rare and expensive small tree. It is a grafted cultivar and as the grower of Rare Find Nursery says, it is picky about that. It usually gets about 10 to 14 feet high.


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


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!


On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) 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


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.


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.