Acer pensylvanicum

Common name: Striped Maple

Non-native plant

The bark of this tree is simply stunning, almost like a green and white candy-cane. It has no native habitat in Illinois, but if you have a cool, moist site that is lightly shaded, this plant should do very well. We like to think of this plant as a regionally native replacement for larger Japanese maple varieties. Unlike our locally native maples, its fall color is a pale or light yellow without the punch, but it makes up for that in the winter with its bark. Also unlike our local maples, the flowers of striped maple are quite showy.


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Plant Details

Plant type

Tree, Large Shrub

Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic, Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Bloom period



Requires Protected Site

Growth form

Multi-stemmed, Single trunk

General information

Mature height
20 Feet
Mature width
15 Feet
Max height
30 Feet
Max width
30 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color
Green White
Fall color

Additional information

Butterfly host plant

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