Plants & Availability
Bigtooth Maple is native to a wide range of the western U.S. at elevations from 4500-7500 feet. Our seed was collected in the Hill Country of Texas, southwest of Austin. In the wild it often grows as a shrub, but under cultivation it can be formed into a small tree, usually topping out at about 20 feet tall. This is a sturdy tree, with a stout trunk and a wide rounded crown. Trunks are covered with dark brown, scaly bark. The large leaves have 3 to 5 lobes, and are dark green on top, with pale fuzzy undersides. In the fall they turn blazing shades of red, orange and yellow before falling. Every two to three years clusters of light yellow flowers are produced, followed by winged samara fruit. Often found growing in shady canyons, this tree is happiest in moist soils with good drainage and some protection from fierce afternoon sun. It is quite deer resistant.