Acer macrophyllum. BIGLEAF MAPLE. Alaska to California
The deeply cut leaves, about 6 inches across or more, have wiggly edges, a pale underside, and stalks 6 or so inches long. The samaras, which are red when young, have a furry body and the wings do not diverge much, in fact they may overlap. There is a specimen standing near the Norway maple northwest of Frost Amphitheater off Lasuen Street, and several between El Camino Real and Pampas Lane and between the Credit Union and Stanford Auxiliary Library. Specimens also can be seen in Atherton at Oak Grove and Middlefield Road. Bigleaf maple is a native tree of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and the foothills and creeks close to Stanford.
Illustration: McMinn, Howard E. and Evelyn Maino. 1951. An illustrated manual of Pacific coast trees; with lists of trees recommended for various uses on the Pacific coast by H. W. Shepherd. 2d ed. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.
Other campus maples: Acer buergeranum | Acer campestre | Acer circinatum | Acer ginnala | Acer griseum | Acer macrophyllum | Acer negundo | Acer notes | Acer palmatum | Acer platanoides | Acer pseudoplatanus | Acer rubrum | Acer saccharinum
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Name derivation, genus | species The Latin name | large-leavedRelated material: Canopy Trees for Palo Alto Tree Library | treatment in Jepson Manual