Snakebark Maple or Striped Bark Maple
The hybrid between A. davidii and A. pennsylvanicum has yielded yet another outstanding form, but this one has an additional structural feature scarcely found in the world of snakebark / striped bark maples.
The overall habit is that of a weeping tree, the branches cascade out and downward eventually making a broad spreading pendulous tree. Our plants are staked and being greenhouse grown they do not exhibit this trait in as dynamic a fashion as older plants. Further, the habit should not be compared to other types of trees that are very pendulous and head straight for the ground when coming out of the trunk. With that said, I have observed this tree for a number of years as a mature specimen and its overall crown has shown no lasting upright tendencies like its parentage. What a find and super rare.
Weeping and variegated, say it ain't so..... the 3 to 4 inch wide leaves are usually three lobed, and the foliage is a riot of color combinations. Bronze newly emerging leaves quickly give way to bright salmon pink and then rich pink with splotches of green. Still developing but older leaves then take on a more speckled patchwork of softer pink, light green and generous amounts of white. When closing in on mature size the dominant color is dark green with less dominant patches of white, light green only hints of pink. Allot to absorb to be sure, it almost as though it can't make up its mind so it goes with everything all at once.
Don't say uncle quite yet, the bark these plants are famed for likewise does not disappoint. New branch tips are dark red to red-pink, older stems become more striped and lighter red-pink with green, mature stems and trunk is silver green with dark red-burgundy.
The autumn tone is primarily a solid butter yellow, with some years exhibiting some red to purple.
12 to 15 feet / 12 to 17 feet
6 possibly 5B to 8