Utah Native Plants for the Landscape: Bigtooth Maple


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    Utah Native Plants for the Landscape: Bigtooth Maple

    bigtooth maple cutting Acer grandidentatum

    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.


    Richards, M. and L. Rupp. 2012. Etiolation Improves Rooting of Bigtooth Maple Cuttings. HortTechnology vol 22 no. 3 305-310.

    Richards, M., L. Rupp, R. Kjelgren and P. Rasmussen. 2012. Selection and Budding Propagation of Native Bigtooth Maple for Water-conserving Landscapes. HortTechnology vol. 22 no. 5 669-676.


    Nurturing Native Plants: A Guide to Vegetative Propagation of Native Woody Plants in Utah, Larry Rupp and Adrea Wheaton

    Extension Fact Sheet: Propagating Bigtooth Maple



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