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Goosefoot Maple

The Acer Pensylvanicum is commonly known as Goosefoot Maple, Moosewood, Striped Maple, as well as Whistlewood

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Growing Regions

Striped maple is widely distributed over the northeastern quarter of the United States and adjacent southeastern Canada.  Its natural range extends from Nova Scotia and the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec west to southern Ontario, Michigan, and eastern Minnesota; south to northeastern Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and in the Appalachian Mountains to northern Georgia [6,14].


General Information

The currently accepted scientific name for striped maple is Acer pensylvanicum L. [14]. There are no recognized subspecies, varieties, or forms.

Striped maple is a common but minor understory forest component.  It appears as an understory species in boreal mixed woodland, and in spruce-fir and hardwood types in northern forest regions. The most common understory associates of striped maple include hobblebush (Viburnum alnifolium), Canada yew (Taxus canadensis), mountain maple (Acer spicatum), oxalis (Oxalis spp.), eastern hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana), American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana), serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.), hawthorn (Crataegus spp.), and pawpaw (Asimina triloba) [6,17,25].

Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Coladonato, Milo. 1993. Acer pensylvanicum. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available at USDA Forest Service.

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