Thursday, January 2, 2014

Striped Maple - Acer pensylvanicum

Acer pensylvanicum
January 2nd

This is the second tree I have been visiting in the Maple family.  Since it is winter time, lets look at the bark.  

This Acer pensylvanicum tree lives at the Botanical Gardens of Asheville.  This tree is also known as the Striped Maple. It is usually a small tree, 30 to 40 feet tall; and it has striped bark, thus the name.  The stripes are white against a green trunk; the stripes go in an "up and down" direction.   As the tree gets older, the trunk becomes brown and gets a bit warty.  However, the twigs will remain green striped with white.

If you want to find this tree at the Botanical Gardens of Asheville, take the trail Crayton Trail from the Educational bldg up towards the Arbor.  Just a bit past the Arbor, you will find some Striped Maples.  Just look for the green striped bark.

Acer pensylvanicum, Striped Maple, Asheville Botanical Gardens
Acer pensylvanicum, Striped Maple, Asheville Botanical Gardebs
I encourage you to go into nature and enjoy the peace that surrounds you.

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