Bigleaf Maple

Acer macrophyllum
  • Hul’qumi’num Name:  ts’alhulp
  • Description: Deciduous tree can grow up to 30m tall. Small, greenish-yellow clustered flowers produce winged seeds. The distinct, five-lobed leaves yield beautiful fall colour.
  • Habitat: Can tolerate drier areas but prefers moist sites.
  • Harvest: Flowers from March-May.
  • Edibility: Flowers and sprouted seeds can be eaten. The sap is sweet.
  • Fun Fact: Lives up to 200 years old! The bark attracts a variety of mosses which can form a thick layer, allowing other trees to sprout. These are known as ‘canopy roots’.

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