Bigtooth Maple

Acer grandidentatum

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Deciduous Tree
Plant Family: Aceraceae
Plant Description: This deciduous tree native to the Western United States has outstanding fall color varying from red to yellow depending on the climate. It tends to stay relatively small when grown in the Salt Lake valley, although it may grow larger in ideal conditions. It often has multiple stems but can be trained to grow on a single trunk. Requires occasional deep soaking to keep healthy. Subject to winter sunscald on bark and some chlorosis. Avoid Rocky Mountain Glow variety due to inferior performance in Utah.


Maintenance Type: Tree - Deciduous
Plant Care: Tree - Deciduous (single-stemmed woody plants that lose their leaves every winter): Prune regularly to promote health, provide air circulation, maintain a desirable shape, and to remove dead or damaged branches. Pruning is best done in late winter to early spring for most trees. With spring blooming trees, prune after the blooms are spent. Choose species that are resistant to pest damage. Monitor the tree for pests, diseases or other ailments on a regular basis. Protect the trunk especially where maintenance activities, such as mowing, may cause damage. Newly planted trees in areas with high exposure should have the trunk protected during the winter.

Plant Attributes:

Mature Size: 15-30' tall and wide
Utah Native: Yes
Plant Select: No
Pollinator Friendly: No
Localscapes: Tree, Perimeter Plant
Foliage Interest: No
Foliage Colors: Green
Bloom Colors: Yellow, Green, Inconspicuous
Bloom Seasons: Early Spring
Bloom Period: Mar - Apr

Growing Conditions:

Hardiness Zone: 3 to 8
Light Requirement: Full Sun (6+ hrs sun), Full Shade (0-4 hrs sun), Part Shade (4-6 hrs morning sun), Part Sun (4-6 hrs afternoon sun)
Irrigation Requirement:     Low (1/2" every 10-14 days)
Salt Tolerant: Yes
Deer Resistant: Yes

Garden Location:

  • Commercial Concepts
    • South Property Line
  • Irrigation Path
    • Irrigation Hardware
  • Localscapes Path
    • Park Strip Hill
  • Neighborhood Landscapes
    • Waterwise Woodlands
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter