Acer pectinatum ssp. forrestii (Forrest maple) is a small tree or tree-like shrub growing from 20 to 40' tall and wide. Branching is sparse and gracefully spreading, with branches often having beautifully striped bark. The young stems are smooth and red to purple, at times green, and often striped with white. Older bark is also variable, sometimes well striped, purplish to green, but sometimes bright red as well. Leaves are three to five lobed, 2 to 5" long and 1 to 1.5" wide. Leaf color is green in summer with variable fall color that is sometimes orange, more often yellow-brown. As one of the striped maple clan, A. pectinatum ssp. forrestii can be easy to confuse with the very similar A. davidii and A. capillipes. Differences are subtle and involve variations in leaf shape and petiole color. In its native habitat in China, Forrest maple grows in mixed open forests. Give this tree moist soil that drains well and is well endowed with organic matter. Sun to part shade exposure. At NYBG this tree can be found growing in the Judy and Michael Steinhardt Maple Collection.