The Winter Striped Maple can be identified by looking at the twigs and bark.
On the twig, leaf scars are crescent shaped.
The Buds are reddish, with short stalk, narrow and ovoid shaped.. The buds are called valvate, which means the edges of the buds meet without overlapping.
Twigs are stout and striped or greenish. They grow opposite each other on the branches.
The bark will be green to brown while the tree is young. The tree will develop green and white striped bark.