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Big Leaf Maple Acer macrophyllum

General Description
Common Name: Big Leaf Maple
Botanical Name: Acer macrophyllum
Other Common Names: Bigleaf maple, Broadleaf maple, Maple, Oregon maple, Pacific Coast maple, Western Maple
Common Uses: Cabinetmaking, Fine furniture, Pallets, Decorative veneer, Figured veneer, Dining-room furniture, Bedroom suites, Living-room suites, Framing, Chairs, Paneling , Decorative plywood, Bent Parts, Building materials, Chests, Desks, Drawer sides, Floor lamps, Furniture , Interior construction, Kitchen cabinets, Office furniture, Plywood, Radio, stereo, TV cabinets, Tables , Utility furniture, Veneer, Wainscotting, Wardrobes
Region: North America
Country: United States
Distribution: Bigleaf maple is reported to be native to the Pacific Northwest, with a growth range from southwest British Columbia through Oregon to southern California, with the highest concentration in the Puget Sound region of Washington and the Northwest region of Oregon. It sometimes grows in pure stands, and prefers stream banks and moist canyon soils. It is usually found at low to moderate elevations, up to 1000 feet (305 m) in the northern parts of its range, and at 3000 to 5500 feet (914 to 1676 m) in the south.