Big Leaf Maple
The Western North American Tree
Dichotomous Key Characteristics
The wood is used for applications such as furniture, piano frames, salad bowls, stringed instruments, guitar bodies, paddles and spindle wheels. The wood is mainly used in veneer production for furniture, but is also used in musical instrument production, interior paneling, and other hardwood products. The heartwood is a light, reddish-brown, fine-grained, moderately heavy, and moderately hard and strong. In California, land managers do not highly value bigleaf maple, and it's often intentionally knocked over and left un-harvested during harvest of douglas fir and redwood season.
-Locally grows all through out Ashland.
-Has very large leaves.
-Sap can be made into syrup.
-Can live up to 180-200 years.
-Insects and bees pollinate the tree and produce about 1000 pollen grains for an individual flower. That is a low number of pollen grains when it's compared to wind-pollinated oaks, birches, ashes, poplars, and elms that produce about 10,000 pollen grains per flower.