{"id":5655521460373,"title":"Big-leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum)","handle":"acer-macrophyllum","description":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eTall, deciduous wildlife tree with large leaves, providing shade in spring and summer. Can be planted in full sun to partial shade in medium to moist soils. Look for the edible pendulous flowers in spring that are also bee-friendly. In fall, the leaves turn from green to colours of amber and gold, revealing more of its beautiful bark and the other life these trees harbour like mosses and lichens.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eNote:\u003c\/strong\u003e This plant is rich in local Indigenous food traditions, we strongly recommend that non-Indigenous people take time to understand and study before using this or other native plants. Please take the time to learn about this plant with the proper resources such as the book \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca title=\"Saanich Ethnobotany by Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda.\" href=\"https:\/\/publications.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca\/product\/saanich-ethnobotany\/\"\u003eSaanich Ethnobotany\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e by Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda.\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e*Edibility depends on the preparation of the plant. Always do your own research prior to consuming plant parts and eat at your own risk.\u003c\/em\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"sfncontainer\"\u003e\n\u003cbutton type=\"button\" class=\"accordion\"\u003ePlant Details\u003c\/button\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"accordion-panel\"\u003e\n\u003ctable data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"single_plant_view\"\u003e\n\u003ctbody data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003ehabitat\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eForests\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003elight\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFull sun\u003c\/span\u003e to \u003cspan data-mce-fragment=\"1\" style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003epart shade\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003emoisture\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMesic\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to moist\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eheight\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUp to 30m\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eflowering\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eApril to May\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003ehabit\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDeciduous tree\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth\u003eadvantages\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003eEdible flowers; Attracts Pollinators\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003ecompanion plants\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eSword Fern, June Plum, Fringecup, Red Alder\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003c\/tbody\u003e\n\u003c\/table\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cbutton type=\"button\" class=\"accordion\"\u003eSeed Details\u003c\/button\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"accordion-panel\"\u003e\n\u003ctable data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"single_plant_view\"\u003e\n\u003ctbody data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eseeds\/packet\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eseeds\/gram\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003eD\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003eetails coming soon\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eseeds\/square meter \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/satinflowernurseries.ca\/a\/faq\" title=\"How do I calculate how much seed I need?\"\u003e*?\u003c\/a\u003e\n\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003eD\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003eetails coming soon\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003esquare meters\/gram\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003eD\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003eetails coming soon\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003egermination\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eFall for spring germination\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eseeding info\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eMaple keys may be one of the most identifiable fruits in our region with each bearing two seeds and the winged fruits designed to travel through the air like a helicopter. The large seeds don't need to be extracted ahead of sowing, Instead, you can snap the \"wing\" off to plant the seed still wrapped in the protective coating. At our nursery, we sow them soon after they fall to the ground through fall, but many stay attached directly to the trees into winter. They can be stored over longer periods to be sown later. We sow them in fall into fairly rich soil without any particular modifications and wait for their germination in spring. Both the seeds and new shoots can be eaten by wildlife so some protection might be needed. A partial shade spot through their germination and establishment is usually best.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003c\/tbody\u003e\n\u003c\/table\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e","published_at":"2020-08-27T12:14:54-07:00","created_at":"2020-08-27T12:14:54-07:00","vendor":"Saanich Native Plants","type":"plant","tags":["ADVANTAGES_Attracts Pollinators","ADVANTAGES_Edible","BLOOMTIME_Apr-Jun","FORM_tree","HABITAT_sandy or rocky","HABITAT_wetland","HABITAT_woodland","HEIGHT_5m+","LIGHT_partial","LIGHT_sun","SOIL_medium","TYPE_deciduous"],"price":2000,"price_min":2000,"price_max":4500,"available":true,"price_varies":true,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":35977298280597,"title":"1 gal","option1":"1 gal","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"acer-macrophyllum-1gal","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":true,"featured_image":null,"available":true,"name":"Big-leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) - 1 gal","public_title":"1 gal","options":["1 gal"],"price":2000,"weight":0,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_management":"shopify","barcode":null,"requires_selling_plan":false,"selling_plan_allocations":[]},{"id":35977298313365,"title":"2 gal","option1":"2 gal","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"acer-macrophyllum-2gal","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":true,"featured_image":null,"available":false,"name":"Big-leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) - 2 gal","public_title":"2 gal","options":["2 gal"],"price":3000,"weight":0,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_management":"shopify","barcode":null,"requires_selling_plan":false,"selling_plan_allocations":[]},{"id":37846815146133,"title":"5 gal","option1":"5 gal","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"acer-macrophyllum-5gal","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":true,"featured_image":null,"available":false,"name":"Big-leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) - 5 gal","public_title":"5 gal","options":["5 gal"],"price":4500,"weight":0,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_management":"shopify","barcode":null,"requires_selling_plan":false,"selling_plan_allocations":[]}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0435\/5306\/3061\/products\/acermacrophyllum_Custom.jpg?v=1616165556"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0435\/5306\/3061\/products\/acermacrophyllum_Custom.jpg?v=1616165556","options":["Size"],"media":[{"alt":null,"id":21153924579477,"position":1,"preview_image":{"aspect_ratio":1.0,"height":1140,"width":1140,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0435\/5306\/3061\/products\/acermacrophyllum_Custom.jpg?v=1616165556"},"aspect_ratio":1.0,"height":1140,"media_type":"image","src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0435\/5306\/3061\/products\/acermacrophyllum_Custom.jpg?v=1616165556","width":1140}],"requires_selling_plan":false,"selling_plan_groups":[],"content":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eTall, deciduous wildlife tree with large leaves, providing shade in spring and summer. Can be planted in full sun to partial shade in medium to moist soils. Look for the edible pendulous flowers in spring that are also bee-friendly. In fall, the leaves turn from green to colours of amber and gold, revealing more of its beautiful bark and the other life these trees harbour like mosses and lichens.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eNote:\u003c\/strong\u003e This plant is rich in local Indigenous food traditions, we strongly recommend that non-Indigenous people take time to understand and study before using this or other native plants. Please take the time to learn about this plant with the proper resources such as the book \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca title=\"Saanich Ethnobotany by Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda.\" href=\"https:\/\/publications.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca\/product\/saanich-ethnobotany\/\"\u003eSaanich Ethnobotany\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e by Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda.\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e*Edibility depends on the preparation of the plant. Always do your own research prior to consuming plant parts and eat at your own risk.\u003c\/em\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"sfncontainer\"\u003e\n\u003cbutton type=\"button\" class=\"accordion\"\u003ePlant Details\u003c\/button\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"accordion-panel\"\u003e\n\u003ctable data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"single_plant_view\"\u003e\n\u003ctbody data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003ehabitat\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eForests\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003elight\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFull sun\u003c\/span\u003e to \u003cspan data-mce-fragment=\"1\" style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003epart shade\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003emoisture\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMesic\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to moist\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eheight\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUp to 30m\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eflowering\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eApril to May\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003ehabit\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDeciduous tree\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth\u003eadvantages\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003eEdible flowers; Attracts Pollinators\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003ecompanion plants\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eSword Fern, June Plum, Fringecup, Red Alder\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003c\/tbody\u003e\n\u003c\/table\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cbutton type=\"button\" class=\"accordion\"\u003eSeed Details\u003c\/button\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"accordion-panel\"\u003e\n\u003ctable data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"single_plant_view\"\u003e\n\u003ctbody data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eseeds\/packet\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eseeds\/gram\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003eD\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003eetails coming soon\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eseeds\/square meter \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/satinflowernurseries.ca\/a\/faq\" title=\"How do I calculate how much seed I need?\"\u003e*?\u003c\/a\u003e\n\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003eD\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003eetails coming soon\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003esquare meters\/gram\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003eD\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003eetails coming soon\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003egermination\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eFall for spring germination\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"right\"\u003eseeding info\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd data-mce-fragment=\"1\" class=\"left\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eMaple keys may be one of the most identifiable fruits in our region with each bearing two seeds and the winged fruits designed to travel through the air like a helicopter. The large seeds don't need to be extracted ahead of sowing, Instead, you can snap the \"wing\" off to plant the seed still wrapped in the protective coating. At our nursery, we sow them soon after they fall to the ground through fall, but many stay attached directly to the trees into winter. They can be stored over longer periods to be sown later. We sow them in fall into fairly rich soil without any particular modifications and wait for their germination in spring. Both the seeds and new shoots can be eaten by wildlife so some protection might be needed. A partial shade spot through their germination and establishment is usually best.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003c\/tbody\u003e\n\u003c\/table\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e"}

Big-leaf Maple Acer macrophyllum

Description

Tall, deciduous wildlife tree with large leaves, providing shade in spring and summer. Can be planted in full sun to partial shade in medium to moist soils. Look for the edible pendulous flowers in spring that are also bee-friendly. In fall, the leaves turn from green to colours of amber and gold, revealing more of its beautiful bark and the other life these trees harbour like mosses and lichens.


Note: This plant is rich in local Indigenous food traditions, we strongly recommend that non-Indigenous people take time to understand and study before using this or other native plants. Please take the time to learn about this plant with the proper resources such as the book Saanich Ethnobotany by Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda.

*Edibility depends on the preparation of the plant. Always do your own research prior to consuming plant parts and eat at your own risk. 

 

habitat Forests
light Full sun to part shade
moisture Mesic to moist
height Up to 30m
flowering April to May
habit Deciduous tree
advantages Edible flowers; Attracts Pollinators
companion plants Sword Fern, June Plum, Fringecup, Red Alder
seeds/packet Details coming soon
seeds/gram Details coming soon
seeds/square meter *? Details coming soon
square meters/gram Details coming soon
germination Fall for spring germination
seeding info Maple keys may be one of the most identifiable fruits in our region with each bearing two seeds and the winged fruits designed to travel through the air like a helicopter. The large seeds don't need to be extracted ahead of sowing, Instead, you can snap the "wing" off to plant the seed still wrapped in the protective coating. At our nursery, we sow them soon after they fall to the ground through fall, but many stay attached directly to the trees into winter. They can be stored over longer periods to be sown later. We sow them in fall into fairly rich soil without any particular modifications and wait for their germination in spring. Both the seeds and new shoots can be eaten by wildlife so some protection might be needed. A partial shade spot through their germination and establishment is usually best.
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