Acer capillipes
Common name: 
Red Stripebark Maple
Red Snakebark Maple
Hakkoda Maple
A-ser ka-PIL-i-peez
Sapindaceae, Aceraceae
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous tree, 30-35 ft (9-10 m) high, rounded, frequently lower branches maintained.  Bark whitish-striped, with small rusty orange spots.  Leaves simple, opposite, red when unfolding, finally 6-16 cm long, 3(5) lobed, lateral lobes short and spreading outward [occasionally lobes absent], base cordate, apex acuminate, prominently serrate from apex to base, dark green above and bright green and hairless (glabrous) below, usually with reddish veins; petiole often red, 3-5 cm long; fall color orange red.  Flowers greenish white, about 8 cm wide, on slender stalks 8-15 cm long, in drooping clusters 7-10 cm long.  Fruit wings spreading at a wide angle or nearly horizontal, 1.5-2 cm long.
  • Best in cool, part shade.  
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5    Native to mountainous regions of Japan, mainly Honshu and Shikoku Islands.
  • capillipes: from the Latin capillus, hair, and pes, foot, slender-footed, apparently a reference to the delicate flower stalks (Jacobson, 1996).
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  • plant habit

    plant habit

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  • flower cluster

    flower cluster

  • fruit clusters and leaves

    fruit clusters and leaves

  • fruiting branch

    fruiting branch

  • trunk, bark

    trunk, bark

  • winter twig, buds

    winter twig, buds

  • winter buds

    winter buds