Green Striped Bark Maple, Large Trees
- American. Moist, acid soils.
- Small, bushy, upright tree. Striking young bark.
- Max. Height: 8m
- Bareroot Delivery: Nov-Mar.
Acer Pensylvanicum Standard Trees
The Striped Maple tree, Acer pensylvanicum, is a small tree or large, upright shrub with bright green stripes on the young bark. Suitable for any garden with moist, fertile soil. This small, bushy tree is grown for its ornamental young bark, which starts out bright green with brown, diamond shaped markings, developing brown vertical stripes as it matures. On the old wood, the green stripes fade to grey. In gardens, it is usually pruned every 2-3 years to maintain a supply of colourful young stems. It is also known as Snalebark Maple (there are several varieties) and of course it gets its names from its bark which is highly decorative. The leaves are 3 pointed and large, turning warm yellow/orange in autumn. Striped Maple trees can reach a height of about 8 metres.
Did You Know?
Known as Moosewood in North America, this tree was introduced to Britain in 1755.
How Standard Trees are Measured:
All the plants in the ornamental trees section are graded as standardss, which means that they are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level (basically, their trunk's waist measurement). They aren't measured by their height, which will vary. So, a 6/8 standard has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8 centimetres and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10 centimetres around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
Standard trees are 2 - 3.5 metres tall (on average) when they arrive; they are the most mature trees that you can buy from us. We cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.
Notes on planting Striped Maple trees:
Striped Maple trees will grow well in moist, shady conditions. They prefer some shade over full sun and thrive on heavy clay. It is not suitable for chalk or dry sites with poor soil. It is very hardy and good for planting in the shade of taller trees as part of a windbreak.
Prepare your site before planting:
It is good to dig over the site where you plant a tree several months in advance. Kill the weeds first: for tough weeds like nettles, brambles and ground elder, you will usually need a weed-killer to get rid of them. When you dig the soil over, remove stones and other rubbish and mix in well rotted compost or manure down to the depth of about 2 spades.
Watch our video on how to plant a tree for full instructions.
Remember to water establishing trees during dry weather for at least a year after planting.
Tree Planting accessories:
Prepare your site for planting by killing the weeds and grass with Neudorff WeedFree Plus.
You can buy a tree planting pack with a wooden stake & rubber tie to support the tree and a mulch mat with pegs to protect the soil around the base of your tree from weeds and drying out.
We suggest that you use mycorrhizal "friendly fungi" on the roots of all newly planted large trees: if your soil quality is poor, we strongly recommend it.
You can also improve your soil with bonemeal organic fertiliser and Growmore.