Bigleaf maple is generally found growing in the Cascades of Washington at elevations from sea level to 1,500 feet. It can be found growing in a wide range of sites that range from wet to dry and sunny to shady, but it grows best in full sun. It grows well on wet, bottom-lands, or on steep, rocky slopes. Bigleaf maple grows to over 80 feet tall, with a crown that can spread over 60 feet in diameter. It competes well with weeds and provides diverse wildlife habitat, including forage for deer and elk, nesting for birds, and its seeds are used as food by many species of birds and animals. A mature specimen provides considerable leaf litter for the soil, and is therefore considered a ‘soil-building’ species. Its wood is used commercially for furniture and cabinet building, veneer, musical instruments and as fuel.
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