Bigleaf Maple Species Profile

Bigleaf maple is the largest maple in Canada, and it only grows in the southwest corner of British Columbia. On good sites it can reach 36 metres in height and 60 cm in diameter. Bigleaf maple commonly occurs in mixed groups of softwood and hardwood tree species such as red alder, black cottonwood, Douglas-fir, western red cedar, and western hemlock. In British Columbia, hardwoods make up only 5.4% of the province’s total growing stock.