Wordless Wednesday – Striped Maple

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Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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65 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Striped Maple

  1. So interesting, Eliza! I’ve never heard of this tree before. I understand it’s the bark that’s striped. At first I thought it should be called a “ghost maple,” because those leaves look white.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Audrey. It is an understory tree here, with lovely green and brown vertical stripes on the trunk. It really is striking in fall when it appears quite ghostly, just in time for Samhain!

  2. Anne says:

    Paley enchanting.

  3. Joanne says:

    Is the light making the leave appear lighter, or is the photo true to colour? It’s an unusual colour for a maple, and very beautiful. ❤

  4. cindy knoke says:

    What beautiful light!

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  6. Cathy says:

    That is a striking image Eliza. Very artistic photo and lovely colours.

  7. Dale says:

    She’s more demure than her cousins 🙂 Beauty!

  8. Lovely and ethereal! We have a striped maple at the arboretum, I should go take a look at it. The buds were pretty in the spring.

  9. Treah Pichette says:

    Another so-called “weed” tree that, to me, is a fabulous addition to your yard….stripey-green bark on the young trees & beautiful fall foliage color which goes from a bright yellow to that ghostly pale which you have captured beautifully.

  10. Alice says:

    The photo is so interesting with the contrast of the light leaves against the dark bark. I looked up this tree…also called goosefoot maple (& other names), which explains the leaf shape. Sap can be an irritant, like PI. Now I’m wondering if I’ve seen one and thought it was a different tree (sourgum?)

    • Eliza Waters says:

      They are small trees and the bark is striped lengthwise in green and brown, quite striking! I’ve not noticed the sap as irritating, but I rarely cut them as I love seeing them in the forest.

  11. Alice says:

    …nope, not sourgum!

  12. shoreacres says:

    I’ve never seen a tree with such pale leaves. They combine beautifully with the smaller, darker leaves behind, which I’m thinking might be elm.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      The deeper yellow are birch, most likely black birch, which grows in similar conditions. Striped maple leaves will fade to nearly white before dropping, their beauty will stop me in my tracks!

  13. So pale and pretty, almost ghostly. Perfect for the season.

  14. It reminds me of all the yellow leaves I saw when living in CT.

  15. Pepper says:

    A lovely capture. 😊👍

  16. neihtn2012 says:

    The pale color of the leaves contrast very well with the dark trunks in the background. This tree is said to change its sex with time, naturally.

  17. Kris P says:

    It looks like a painting, Eliza! Well done with the photo.

  18. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    What a lovely pattern they make

  19. Debbie says:

    Seriously? I’ve never heard of such a tree, Eliza. The pale leaves provide such a lovely contrast to the dark-colored bark of the trees.

  20. It’s lovely! I haven’t seen many.

  21. Unusual colours for an autumn shot. Gorgeous!

  22. Robin says:

    Beautiful and unusual. I like the paleness of the leaves. 🙂

  23. This is stunning and ought to be framed!

  24. susurrus says:

    I can imagine it being very eerie at dusk. The leaves make a lovely combination with the yellow and green.

  25. I don’t believe I’ve seen/heard of this tree as well! Such a dainty pale yellow, pretty!

  26. Lovely, Eliza! I love the bark on a young tree as well. Easily recognized.

  27. Nice contrast in this shot between the light leaves and the dark trunks! I like seeing the more subdued color here.

  28. naturebackin says:

    How lovely and such an interesting contrast to the rich colour in your previous photo ‘Blazing’.

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