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Striped Maple Buds

3-11-14 striped maple terminal bud 132Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum), also known as Moosewood and Moose Maple, can easily be identified summer or winter by its greenish bark bearing vertical white stripes (hence, its common name). Because the bark is so distinctive, one needn’t rely on Striped Maple’s buds for identification purposes, but they are well worth investigating, nonetheless. Their graceful shape, smooth surface (few bud scales) and pinkish-red coloration distinguish them from all others. These buds and young branches that bear them are devoured by rabbits and hares, are frequently eaten by porcupines and beavers, and provide browse for deer and moose.

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6 responses

  1. Peter Hope

    I love watching the striped maple buds opening in the spring – kind of alligator-like with the hairy white rolled up leaves emerging

    March 11, 2014 at 12:31 pm

  2. Great photo – nature is so artful.

    March 11, 2014 at 1:16 pm

  3. phyllis sise

    When striped Maple branches are laid over the evaporating drums for maple syrup, the syrup won’t boil over. Phyllis

    Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:20:28 +0000 To:

    March 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    • Fascinating! I had never heard this before.

      March 12, 2014 at 9:15 pm

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