Big-Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Acer macrophyllum Accepted
Acer macrophyllum f. kimballiae Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 110 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Broadleaf
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Shade Tree
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
A vigorous growing tree with a secret... amazing it stood upright

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on May 24, 2013 10:59 AM

Native in the Pacific Northwest. This tree often is covered with mosses to the point the bark is not even visible. Known as the 'paddle tree' to early Native Americans because the wood was used to make canoe paddles. A passable maple syrup can be made, but it takes several times more sap than the eastern sugar maple and the syrup is not as sweet. Elk and deer will browse the leaves; the flowers provide nectar for swallowtail butterfly larvae and bees; and the seeds are eaten by squirrels, chipmunks, mice and birds (waxwings, chickadee, titmice, nuthatches, finches, crows, jays, grosbeaks, warblers, vireos, sparrows, woodpeckers, wrens, thrushes). Sprouts easily from seed and grows quickly. Be cautious of unwanted seedlings in your yard unless you have room for them.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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unknown tree by NickyNick Nov 13, 2019 10:52 PM 14
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Following up on my 9/25 request to identify tree by idreos Sep 26, 2017 9:48 PM 6
What type of tree is it? by idreos Sep 26, 2017 2:31 AM 4
Tree identification? by VintageGardens Mar 23, 2017 11:27 AM 3
Syrup from big leaf maples? by Bonehead May 28, 2018 10:20 AM 5
Arranging Iris beds by Henhouse Aug 5, 2017 11:29 PM 107
(Acer); for ID by Bonehead Aug 13, 2015 6:59 PM 6
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