White Tigress Maple – Acer tegmentosum

White Tigress Maple
Acer 'White Tigress'

Family Aceraceae

USDA Hardiness Zones 5-8 / Range: cultivated

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The white tigress maple is a small to medium-sized ornamental tree, to 20 feet,  with excellent delicate green foliage and stunningly white-striped green bark. Some suggest the common name refers to the bark's appearing as if a tiger has clawed it, but I think it is because of the resemblance to tiger's stripes. Sometimes also called snakebark maple.

White Tigress Maple - Acer tegmentosum

Grows best in moderate shade and consistently moist soil. This specimen at The Morton Arboretum is growing in a partially shaded nook beneath a gigantic Honey Locust.

White Tigress Maple Foliage

Large, soft green leaves make this tree an attractive accent in partially-shaded planting beds. Can be grown by grafting,  budding, or from seeds allowed to dry on the plant; sow after last frost.

White Tigress Maple Bark
Did the tigress scratch the bark or is her fur striped likewise?

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Family Aceraceae – Maples
The Maples are some of our most familiar and beloved trees.  Most are native to the far east: China, Japan, Korea, Manchuria. Maples produce a distinctive winged fruit called a samara, also commonly known as helicopters or whirlybirds.
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