The striped maple is a sequential hermaphrodite, meaning that it can change its sex throughout its lifetime.
One of the reasons a striped maple may change sex is that it would need to bloom as quickly as possible, producing offspring before it ultimately dies from damage or sickness.
5-10 meters tall
An understory tree of cool, moist forests, often preferring slopes. It is among the most shade-tolerant of deciduous trees, capable of germinating and persisting for years as a small understory shrub, then growing rapidly to its full height when a gap opens up. The natural range of the striped maple extends from Nova Scotia and the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec, west to southern Ontario, Michigan, and Saskatchewan; south to northeastern Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and along the Appalachian Mountains as far south as northern Georgia.