Taxon  Report   59    
Acer macrophyllum  Pursh
Big leaf maple,  Bigleaf maple
Acer macrophyllum
© 2008 Abe G. Doherty
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Acer macrophyllum
© 2018 Julie Kierstead Nelson
Acer macrophyllum
© 2018 Julie Kierstead Nelson
Acer macrophyllum, a dicot, is a tree that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Plant Characteristics
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Bloom Period
Acer macrophyllum
© 2014 Garth Wadsworth
Genus: Acer
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, (many plant communities), wetland-riparian


Arid West: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Habitat: streambanks, canyons

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Acer auritum
More information about  Acer macrophyllum
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


Search the International Plants Names Index

Search (Flora of North America)

website references from Google

The Biogeography of Bigleaf Maple:  Alicia Mariscal, SFSU. Fossil records reveal that the bigleaf maple is a descendant to the associates of the Miocene floras of the central Great Basin

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 16, 2019).