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Big-leaf Maple

Scientific name

Acer macrophyllum


Big-leaf Maple is a deciduous tree species that typically grows between 12 and 15 m in height. This plant may also be known by the common names Oregon Maple or Broadleaf Maple. The bark is gray to reddish brown colored with deep furrows. The leaves are oppositely arranged, glossy green colored, have five lobes, change yellow in the fall, and are very large in size, hence the common name. The flowers are greenish yellow colored, fragrant, appear in chain like clusters, and bloom between April and May. This tree is beneficial to wildlife species, like birds and small mammals, for nesting and feeding. The roots can useful for controlling erosion and stabilizing shorelines. This tree has been known to exceed 30min height and is considered to be the largest Maple species in North America.

Planting conditions

Big-leaf Maple grows best in moist conditions with full or partial sun exposure. It prefers cool well-drained soil but can tolerate a variety of soil types. It can be naturally found in moist forests and near streams of the Pacific Northwest.


  • Plant height:
    • Over 3m
  • Moisture level:
    • Normal
    • Moist
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
    • Bareroot
  • Eco Zone:
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
    • 7b
    • 8a
    • 8b
  • Plant type:
    • Tree
  • Height:
    • 13m
  • Spread:
    • 3m