Soft maple, the focus of this column, includes red maple (Acer rubrum), silver maple (Acer saccharinum), bigleaf maple
later macrophyllum) and the less commercially important box elder (Acer negundo).
The self-guided tour brochure describes the bigleaf maple
this way: "This tree species, whose native range is from Alaska to California, is one of the few maples native to Oregon.
Duncan Island is home to a rich eco system, with towering Sitka spruce trees big enough to construct five houses, as Sears puts it, along with bigleaf maple
, red alder, western hemlock and Douglas fir.
They measure the circumference of the stump and the length of the tree now lying on the ground, then head out in search of another national champion, the bigleaf maple
The other, the Woodlands Trail, follows the canoe canal through a forest of mostly bigleaf maple
(Acer macrophyllum), is also a tree of the damp Pacific Coast, and there is little doubt that the expedition would have come to know this species well as they waited out the long, wet winter upon reaching the ocean.
Douglas fi posts and beams, cedar siding and shingles, bigleaf maple
for the kitchen cabinets--all came from local mills.
It sickens nearly two dozen other hosts that range from California buckeye, bay laurel, and bigleaf maple
to redwood, some rhododendrons, and even certain blueberry cultivars.
Timber Village Homeowners Association in southeast Eugene received a Bigleaf Maple
Award from the Eugene Tree Foundation for sensitive planning of residential development in a wooded area.
LIGHT POURS IN through two-story windows on the west--broken up in summer by the foliage of bigleaf maple
, in winter by backlit sculptural branches.
Many of the trees that once covered the city's high bluffs, bigleaf maple
, Douglas-fir, and red alder, have long since been cut down in the quest for a water view.
Icy and milky with glacial silt, the Queets River flows full between banks overhung by outstretched limbs of bigleaf maple
and black cottonwood, their branches dangling with moss.
The deadly disease has killed coast live oak, tanoak, and California black oak and killed or sickened additional species ranging from bigleaf maple
to evergreen huckleberry.
Besides its original victims along the California coast--coast live oak, tanoak, and California black oak--SOD sickens or kills an array of species ranging from California buckeye and bigleaf maple
to evergreen huckleberry and bay laurel.
Trees Planted: More than 13,000 native trees and shrubs: Douglas-fir, sitka spruce, various willow, bigleaf maple
, Oregon ash, salmonberry shrub, nootka rose, twinberry