Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum)
The majestic big leaf maple awakens in April with golden green fragrant flowers that are a great nectar source for swallowtail butterfly larvae and bees. The seeds last into winter and are eaten by chickadees, finches, other songbirds and small mammals. Deer will dine on the leaves and tender twigs while rotting limbs provide habitat for cavity nesting birds and are a food source for nuthatches, brown creepers, and other birds. Woody debris decomposes in rivers to create the perfect fish habitat. Indigenous Peoples call this maple the “paddle tree” because the wood makes beautiful oars.