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ACER pensylvanicum

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Jesse Saylor

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER pensylvanicum

Plant Common Name

Moosewood

General Description

Although a rather scraggly plant in its native haunts in the forests of eastern North America, moosewood makes an attractive subject for lightly shaded garden sites. Typically forming a multi-trunked small tree or large shrub with beautiful green-barked branches, it bears large light- to medium-green leaves with three relatively shallow lobes. The leaves turn yellow in fall. Modestly attractive chains of small yellow flowers droop from the branches in spring, followed by two-winged fruits that mature from green to brown. Winter display is provided by the colorful bark, which is typically striped with white or gray. Older stems have dark gray bark. The cultivar 'Erythrocladum' has bright red twigs, which are particularly showy in winter.

This lovely but short-lived small tree likes moist, well-drained, humus-rich, acidic soil and partial shade. Plant it in a woodland edge or as a lawn or understory tree, preferably where its attractive bark can be seen and appreciated at close hand.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    20'-40' / 6.1m - 12.2m

  • Width

    15'-30' / 4.6m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow

  • Bark Color

    White, Green, Ivory, Gray

  • Bark Color Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes