Also called Oregon maple.  One of the soft maples .

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]

Native to 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA Pacific coast and 🗻︎ coastal mountains.  However, 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]

[1] http://archive.​seattleweekly.​com/​home/​946487-129/wood-maple-says-timber-county-sisson retrieved 2016-12-04 by EP.
[2] http://www.​monumentaltrees.​com/​en/​irl/​leinster/​dublin/2644_trinitycollege/ retrieved 2016-12-04 by EP.
[3] Tour guide, to EP and others in our tour group, 2015-09-18.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

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