Bigleaf Maple

  • Forest Sciences Centre, University of British Columbia. Photo: Don Erhardt
    Forest Sciences Centre, University of British Columbia
    Photo: Don Erhardt
    Private residence in Victoria, B.C. Photo: Peter Powles
    Private residence in Victoria, B.C.
    Photo: Peter Powles
    Big Leaf Maple
    Photo: K Charleton
    Big Leaf Maple
    Photo: K Charleton

Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum), more commonly known as pacific coast maple or western maple, is the largest maple in Canada. It grows exclusively in the southwest corner of British Columbia. It is a hard, heavy, attractive wood that’s generally used for higher value, appearance-grade products, such as flooring, cabinetry and furniture, as well as turnings, musical instruments and interior millwork.

Bigleaf maple is moderately available; appearance and millworking grades are produced. Common grades include Select and better, #1 shop, and frame grade.