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City of Beaverton's Native Plant of the Month
Brought to you by the City of Beaverton Landscape and Urban Forestry Crew

Why Go Native?

Arbor Day Pat with Kids
  Arborist Pat Hoff teaches about Native Trees
Native plants and trees need less water and chemicals than non-native species, are more resistant to pests and diseases, and also attract birds, butterflies and other beneficial wildlife to your yard.  Simultaneously, they also reduce erosion and protect water quality.  Help keep our rivers clean and watershed healthy by planting a native on your property. The City’s commitment to bringing native species to Beaverton has been growing over many years.  To continue promoting native species, the City's Public Works department will highlight a native plant each month for home and business owners to consider when working outdoors.  Keep in mind; it is the home and business owners’ responsibility to maintain street trees located within the right-of-way adjacent to their properties.

Beaverton’s Native Plant of the Month: Big Leaf Maple

Acer Macrophyllum

Binomial name: Acer macrophyllum

Soil type: Fairly moist, well drained

Sunlight: Full sun to partly shady

Plant type: Single or multi-trunked tree

Foliage: Large Deciduous 5 lobed leaves
Fruit/Flower: Brown, double winged, seeded samara/ small greenish- yellow cluster of flowers

Acer macrophyllum close-up

Big leaf Maple is a dense shade tree that is seen throughout the western coastal range and native to Beaverton. They grow between 30 to 75 feet tall and spread from 30 to 50 feet wide. (Although currently the record held by a big leaf Maple is 88 feet tall in Marion, Oregon.) The leaves consist of 5 lobes 6 to 15 inches wide and reach around 24 inches long. Medium green in color the leaves turn a bright yellow color right before dropping in fall. The wood is very valuable in making stringed instruments like guitars, violins, and celli. This beautifully grained wood is also used for making pianos frames, furniture, paddles and gun stocks as well.

This Native Plant of the Month has been brought to you by the City of Beaverton’s Landscape and Urban Forestry Department.  Visit Clean Water Service’s Native Plant Finder for interactive questions to help you find the right native plant to fit your needs!