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Bigleaf Maple

Acer macrophyllum



First Noted by Expedition
April 10, 1806, at Bonneville Dam, Oregon-Washington.
 

Description
Small to large tree with broad, rounded crown of spreading or drooping branches and the largest leaves of all maples. Height: 30-70 ft (9-21 m). Diameter: 1-2.5 ft (0.3-0.8 m). Flowers 0.3 in (0.8 cm) long; yellow and fragrant.
 

Habitat
Stream banks and in moist canyon soils; sometimes in pure stands.
 

Range
Southwestern British Columbia to southern California; to 1,000 ft (305 m) in north; at 3,000-5,500 ft (914-1,676 m) in south.
 

Note
The common and scientific names describe the very large leaves. The only western maple with wood of commercial importance. Indians made canoe paddles from the wood, and maple sugar can be obtained from the sap.

Species information from enature.com
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