Also called Oregon maple.  Part of maple  genus Acer and soapberry  family Sapindaceae.

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

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  Acer hosts caterpillars of 285 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.
🌳︎🐝︎ Trees for Bees

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]

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]

References

[1]  "The Olympic Peninsula's Meth-Head Maple Thieves."  Seattle Weekly.  April 16, 2013.  Accessed 2016-12-04.

[2]  "Monumental trees on the grounds of the Trinity College in Dublin, Leinster, Ireland."  Monumental Trees.  Accessed 2016-12-04.

[3]  Tour guide, to EP and others in our tour group, 2015-09-18.

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