Snakebark Maple is an under-story native that is rarely used in the landscape. It is a somewhat picky performer, doing best in moist well-drained soils and light shade. If the proper conditions are present it makes a pleasing sensation in the landscape. The leaves are a rich medium green turning a butter yellow in the fall. Possibly no tree has bark as variable as Snakebark Maple. Late winter/early spring, the bark is a medium green with white striations. As the season progresses into early summer, the white color becomes more dominant color with the stems gradually changing to a more modest green background and black striations in the fall. This tree is especially useful i a naturalized landscape as under-story tree. For best effect, place it in front of a dark background to accent the bark and/or among trees with red fall color to add to the autumn color palette.
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