Wasatch Maple (Acer grandidentatum), Bigtooth Maple

 Wasatch Maple (Acer grandidentatum), Bigtooth Maple (9791 bytes) Wasatch Maple (Acer grandidentatum), Bigtooth Maple is a multi-stemmed shrub or can be trained into a small tree. It reaches 20 to 50 ft. in height. Native to the Rocky Mountains, it can tolerate any well-drained soil;  sand, loam, clay, limestone or calcareous. Prefering full sun and having low water requirements this "Western Sugar Maple" is hardy to zone 3 and reasonably drought tolerant.
bigtooth maple foliage (3054 bytes) bigtooth maple fall foliage (9037 bytes) Foliage is characteristically deeply lobed in "bigtooth fashion", with 3-5 serrated lobes each (resembling teeth). Leaves are a brillant red and gold in fall.
bigtooth maple flowers (7209 bytes)    Flowers, both male and female, are green and dangling.
big tooth maple samara (7271 bytes) Fruit is a double-winged samara that is wind-dispersed during fall and early winter.
bigtooth maple bark (4688 bytes) Bark is thin, smooth and gray.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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