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Aceraceae -- Maple family

    Don Minore and John C. Zasada

        Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum), also called  broadleaf maple or Oregon maple, is one of the few commercial  hardwood tree species on the Pacific Coast. It is small compared  with its conifer associates. Most mature bigleaf maples are about  15 m (50 ft) tall and 50 cm (20 in) in d.b.h. (5). Large trees  often reach heights of 30 m (100 ft) and diameters of 90 to 120  cm (36 to 48 in). True to its common name, bigleaf maple usually  bears leaves up to 30.5 cm (12 in) across, and exceptionally  large leaves may attain widths of 61 cm (24 in) (2). They  are borne on rounded crowns supported by short, branching boles  if open-grown, but trees growing in dense stands are often well  formed and free of branches for half to two-thirds of their  height. Bigleaf maple is an excellent shade tree. The wood is  used for furniture, especially piano frames, and the sap can be  made into syrup.


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Don Minore

Source: Silvics of North America


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