Aceraceae

Acer macrophyllum “Bigleaf Maple” Aceraceae

Tacoma, WA
April 14, 2013
Robert Niese

The blooming of the Bigleaf Maples coincides with the arrival of many small insectivorous bird species to the Pacific Northwest. Birds such as the Orange-crowned Warbler, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, and Warbling Vireo rely on the insects attracted to these flowers in the springtime.

Acer macrophyllum “Bigleaf Maple” Aceraceae

Olympic National Park, WA
June 6, 2013
Robert Niese

The largest leaves on Bigleaf Maples easily reach 2 feet in length! These trees are keystone species in riparian zones throughout the wet lowlands of the PNW and are particularly important for sustaining healthy moss populations.