Striped maple (Acer pensylvanicum) is a species native to the northeastern quarter of the U.S. and southeastern Canada. It is a shade tolerant shrub or small tree. It is of little commercial value, limited to planting as ornamentals in shaded areas. The wildlife value is also limited. Though preferred by rabbits and frequently eaten by porcupines, its nutritional value is relatively low for deer. To add insult to injury, striped maple can become invasive. Being very shade tolerant it can cover the forest floor with stems and consequently much shade, preventing other tree species from growing and becoming established. Much labor and money has been spent (and will be spent) controlling this species in order to establish more desirable tree seedling regeneration. It sometimes exists with a thick covering of fern, further preventing other trees from regenerating.
What's so joyous about it, you may ask?
Have you ever dealt with Japanese knot weed?