Bigtooth Maple

(Acer grandidentatum)

Important ID's

  • Large toothed, simple leaves
  • Leaves grow opposite on stem
  • Paired winged seeds

 

Animal Use

  • (No specialized animal use)

 

Human Use

  • Maple seeds, while mildly toxic, were used as food by the Fremont peoples as was the inner bark.
  • Early Utah settlers tapped these trees like Sugar Maples are tapped in the Eastern United States.

 

Tapping scrub maples is tedious yet does result in useable sap for maple syrups and sugars, newly budded leaves are filled with this sap and are a sweet, yet stringy, snack.

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