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big leaf maple, native plant, pacific northwest, oregon, large trees

Big Leaf Maple

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Acer macrophyllum

  • Size at maturity: 90' tall, 70' wide
  • Canopy layer: large tree
  • Light requirements: full sun, part-sun/part-shade
  • Moisture requirements: moist to dry soil
  • Growth rate: fast
  • Special features: supports hummingbirds, wildlife favorite

With huge 8—12” leaves, the Bigleaf Maple is not easily confused with any other maple. In the spring 4—6” long clusters of many, small yellow flowers hang from the ends of the twigs. By mid—summer, these clusters are replaced with chains of large, fuzzy, double—winged samaras. When grown in the open, the Bigleaf Maple will form a broad, spreading canopy and a short stout trunk. (Portland Plant List, 2016)

Photo Credit 1: Tara Lemezis