Big Leaf Maple Tree Facts: Learn Cool Details On Conifer Trees

Tanya Parkhi
Sep 29, 2022 By Tanya Parkhi
Originally Published on Apr 16, 2022
Edited by Daisha Capers
Fact-checked by Amatullah Gulbargawala
Here are some amazing bigleaf maple tree facts that you are sure to love!

Do you know what distinguishes a big leaf maple tree from other types of trees?

If not, don't worry! You're about to learn some really cool details about these magnificent plants. Bigleaf maples are deciduous trees, meaning they lose their leaves in the wintertime.

These towering trees are native to western North America and can be found in many different climates. Some people think that they are related to conifer trees, but this is not actually the case. So, let's have a closer look at the unique features of big leaf maple trees!

Classification Of The Big Leaf Maple Tree

The bigleaf maple tree (Acer macrophyllum) is a deciduous tree that is found in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The tree can grow to be up to 100 ft (30 m) tall and has a spread of up to 60 ft (18 m).

The leaves of the tree are compound, meaning they are made up of several smaller leaflets. The leaves take on a tree's bark is gray and smooth, and the branches are often crooked.

The leaves are the largest of all maple species, measuring between 6-12 in (15-30 cm)!

The flowers of the big leaf maple tree are small and green and appear in clusters near the tips of the branches. The fruit of the tree has a winged seed pod that turns brown when ripe. Did you know that a single bigleaf maple tree has both male and female flowers? This makes it monoecious in nature!

The big leaf maple tree is a valuable tree for its wood, which is used for furniture and other decorative items. The tree is also a popular shade tree, and its leaves are often used in herbal remedies.

Small animals like deer mice, beavers, and rodents have been observed feeding on the bigleaf maple seeds that are deposited during the spring!

Bigleaf maple trees can be found growing wild along streams or rivers where there is plenty of moisture available from spring through early summer months before they die back to ground level each year during cold weather dormancy.

The roots are quite deep, and reach almost 12-18 in (30-45 cm) underground to absorb water and other nutrients!

The big leaf maple tree is a beautiful addition to any landscape, and it is sure to bring joy to everyone who sees it.

Habitat And Growth Requirements Of The Big Leaf Maple Tree

The bigleaf maple is native to western North America and grows from southern British Columbia to northern California. Other common names for this species include Oregon maple, broadleaf maple, or large-leaved maple.

It occurs in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, British Columbia, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho as well as parts of eastern Washington state and Oregon. The tree can be found growing on river banks or stream sides at elevations between 300-1,000 ft (90-300 m) above sea level.

Bigleaf maples are often found mixed with other plants such as red alder, western hemlock, Pacific dogwood, or black cottonwood.

The most common pests that affect bigleaf maples are leaf-eating insects and bark beetles. The larvae of the Douglas fir engraver beetle eat into inner bark layers, causing tree death by girdling; while adult beetles attack older trees near dying or dead wood of branches and leaves.

Other pests include aphids, scale insects, and lace bugs that suck sap from developing shoots and foliage; as well as spider mites that spin webs on twigs to collect food particles left behind after they feed on plant juices.

Lifespan And Care Tips Of The Big Leaf Maple Tree

If you have a big leaf maple tree on your property, it's important to know how to take care of it. Big maple trees can grow up to almost 100 ft (30 m) tall and live for around 150 years. Here are some tips for keeping your big leaf maple healthy.

Bigleaf maples prefer well-drained, moist soil in which they thrive.

Saplings grow best in partial shade, as direct sunlight and full shade are two extreme conditions due to which the plant may not grow properly.

The best time to fertilize them is in early spring before new growth begins.

Make sure to continuously keep pruning any dead or damaged branches in late winter or early spring.

Make sure the tree has an adequate amount of space to grow, and don't plant it too close to other trees or buildings as they can grow very large! These trees must be planted at least 10 ft (3 m) away from any building.

Also, plant these trees at least 76 ft (25 m) away from each other to prevent competition for resources like water and nutrients from the soil.

If you follow these tips, your big leaf maple will thrive and provide shade and beauty for years to come!

Uses Of The Big Leaf Maple Tree

Bigleaf maple trees are an important source of food and shelter for wildlife in their native range. Bears, deer, and other animals feed on the sap, leaves, and fruit of the tree.

Birds such as chickadees and woodpeckers use the cavities in big leaf maple trees for nesting and shelter. The dense shade cast by big leaf maples is also a vital component of forest ecosystems, providing cover and cooler temperatures for understory plants and wildlife.

The bigleaf maple tree can be found in many parks, forests, and residential areas throughout western North America. It is a beautiful tree that provides many benefits to people and wildlife alike.

It is a valuable tree for timber production and the wood is used for furniture, flooring, paneling, and other construction purposes. Bigleaf maple wood is also turned into bowls, pens, knives, and other small objects.

The leaves of the tree are used in making herbal medicine, to make tea, and also as a laxative. Native Americans ate the boiled sap of the big leaf maple as a sweetener before European contact.

Maple syrup can also be made by extracting the sap inside the wood, it is lower in sugar content than that of the sugar maple and yields a delicious product!

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Written by Tanya Parkhi

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Economics

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Tanya ParkhiBachelor of Arts specializing in Economics

Tanya is a skilled content creator with a passion for writing and a love for exploring new cultures. With a degree in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune, India, Tanya worked on her writing skills by contributing to various editorials and publications. She has experience writing blogs, articles, and essays, covering a range of topics. Tanya's writing reflects her interest in travel and exploring local traditions. Her articles showcase her ability to engage readers and keep them interested.

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Amatullah is a passionate student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from Ashoka College of Education. With a keen interest in literature, she has excelled in elocution competitions and is an accomplished writer. She has completed courses like "History of English Language and Literature", "Introduction to Western Political Thought and Theory", and "Development of Soft Skills and Personality". In her free time, Amatullah enjoys reading books and writing poetry.

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