Utah Native Plants for the Landscape: Bigtooth Maple
Bigtooth or canyon maple (Acer grandidentatum) has much potential for introduction into the nursery trade as a small tree for use in water-efficient landscapes. It is a small deciduous tree native to much of the western United States with brilliant fall color and deeply lobed leaves.
However, its characteristics are highly variable which is difficult to use in planned landscapes. Bigtooth maple can be successfully propagated by seed, wilding, cutting, layering, grafting, or micropropagation.
Production of selected clones with highly desirable traits is currently possible through the use of cuttings, layering, and budding. These methods make it very feasible to improve the quality and number of exceptional selections of bigtooth maple available for use in landscape applications.
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