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Acer macrophyllum

Bigleaf maple

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to April
  • Height16m to 25m
  • Spread18m to 30m
  • Speed of GrowthFast
  • Growth HabitHemi-spherical
  • Flower ColourYellow green
  • Leaf ColourMid green to yellow

Description

Acer macrophyllum (Bigleaf maple). This tree needs plenty of space and is known for its large leaves and brilliant autumn colour. The leaves are palmate, lobed and toothed. The flowers produced are dense sprays of yellow clusters and they are fragrant and which appear in spring.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Other common names

Oregon maple, Maple

Origin

Alaska to Southern California USA

Interest and use

Grown for foliage interest. A good wood for fuel, as it produces plenty of heat, and not much smoke. Also used to make musical instruments, panels, bowls and pallets.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Acers are fully to frost hardy and will require sun or semi-shade in fertile, well-drained soil.

Propagation

Species are propagated by seed, or by grafting or simple layering in late winter or early spring, or by budding in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Leaf eating caterpillars or aphids sometimes infest plants. Also prone to scale insects, tar spot, Verticillium wilt, leaf scorch and honey fungus.

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