Acer macrophyllum

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Botanical Name: Acer macrophyllum
Common Name: Big-leaf maple

Brilliant fall color in colder zones. Thrives with moisture. Will provide dense shade. Important food source for birds and wildlife. Adapts to many soil types, but prefers to have good drainage.

Plant Family: Aceraceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 30-100 ' H x 10-20' W
Growth Habit: Generally, upright with round canopy
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Moderate to regular
Cold Hardy to: Hardy
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellowish-green
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: California, except Central Valley, to Alaska
Natural Habitat: Streambanks and canyons below 5000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A beautiful deciduous tree of rapid growth and spreading habit. Leaves large, five lobed, rich green, paler on the reverse side, turning to a brilliant orange-yellow in the fall. A fine shade tree. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75. Bare roots, December to March -- 3 to 4 feet, $1.50; 5 to 6 feet, $2.00."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.