Also called Oregon maple.

Part of 🍁︎ maple  genus Acer in soapberry  family Sapindaceae in cashew / 🌰︎ chestnut / 🍊︎ citrus / 🍁︎ maple  order Sapindales.

Native to 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA Pacific coast and 🗻︎ coastal mountains.   ▭ 🌎︎ Map (North America, Central America).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  Wood from some large specimens is called quilt maple, figured maple, and flame, tiger stripe or fiddleback.  It is gorgeous, and used to make high-end musical instruments, including 🎸︎ guitars.  Often harvested illegally by meth-heads. [1]

Acer hosts caterpillars of 285 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.
🌳︎🐝︎ Trees for Bees

One of the soft maples.

Two large beautiful mature trees grow in 🇮🇪 Ireland, on the grounds of ⟰ Trinity College in Dublin [2] (just outside the building holding the Book of Kells), said to be planted there in a wet area of the grounds due to the tree's ability to draw from the soil and evaporate large quantities of water. [3]

This plant is known to be a host for (in areas where invasive) 🐝︎ spotted lanternfly (SLF)  Lycorma delicatula.


[1]  "The Olympic Peninsula's Meth-Head Maple Thieves."  Seattle Weekly.  .   Accessed .

[2]  "Monumental trees on the grounds of the Trinity College in Dublin, Leinster, Ireland."  Monumental Trees.   Accessed .

[3]  Tour guide, to EP and others in our tour group, .

Learn more about bigleaf maple Acer macrophyllum

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