Striped Maple is an important wildlife food, a favorite for many woodland critters and its nectar is important to honeybees. Typically grown as a small tree it can also grow as a large shrub in the wild.
Ruffled grouse frequently feed on the new buds
Yellow flowers bloom in May
Unique striped bark adds ornamental value in winter
Whistles can be carved from the branches
Great fall color
Acer pensylvanicum has so many common names -
Striped Maple and Snakebark Maple for its interesting bark pattern.
Moosewood - because moose and white-tailed deer often browse the leaves and tender twigs.
Whistelwood - because whistles can easily be crafted from the branches