Botanical Name: Acer grandidentatum
Common Name: Bigtooth Maple  
Plant photo of: Acer grandidentatum
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Water Saving Tip:

Replace turf with groundcovers, trees, and shrubs. If you have areas where no one uses the grass, patches that do not grow well, or a turf area too small to water without runoff, consider replacing the turf with water-efficient landscaping.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub


Height Range

12-25', 25-40'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Native Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Multi-trunk Tree


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Entry, Shrub Border, Parking Strip


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Shade Tree, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

This Utah native is an attractive tree well suited to our urban landscape. It grows 20 to 30 feet tall and about 20 to 25 feet wide. Large dark green leaves have 3 to 5 rounded lobes, and leaves turn yellow, orange, or red in autumn. Inconspictuous light green flowers in spring are followed by small reddish-tan sumara (those little helicopters). Bark is grayish with plate-like scales. Use as a large shrub or small tree; ideal as a patio tree or for screening.
Grow in full sun, though it will tolerate part shade. Good drainage is a must, and otherwise is unparticular about soil. Water regularly to establish, and then only periodically. Prune selectively to shape or raise canopy, but avoid shearing as that will result is weak, twiggy growth. It tolerates soil higher in pH than other maples, and needs little water once established. There are some lovely specimens at the Greater Avenues Water Conservation Demonstration Garden - and after a few years of establishment watering they are now rarely irrigated.