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Thursday, November 17, 2011

How Big Is A Leaf?

Big Leaf maple has the largest leaves of any maples, typically 6-12" (15–30 cm) across, with five deeply-incised palmate lobes, with the largest running to 24" (61 cm).
Everything is relative. Let's make some comparisons.
Big Leaf maple's leaf and Japanese maples' leaves.

The leaf and my German Shepherd dog

The leaf and my shoe & glove

 Acer macrophyllum (Big Leaf Maple or Oregon Maple)
Height -  up to 115' (35 m), but more commonly - 49-65' (20 m) tall.
This deciduous tree is native to western North America, mostly near the Pacific coast, from southernmost Alaska to southern California.
"I am wondering what was on my back??"
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  1. Your dog didn't think much of a leaf for a saddle, did he? I've never seen a bigleaf maple. Awesome.

  2. That is quite a leaf. I would like to see a photograph of the whole tree. A few of the leaves on my London plane trees get almost that big but not all the leaves.

  3. Beautiful photos of the leaves! Magnificent dog, too!
    We have a Chinese Parasol Tree that has enormous leaves. I'll try to remember to take photos when it leafs out again in the Spring.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful leaves.

  4. Those are big leaves! I've never seen the Big Leaf Maple before. I bet if they are shredded up they will make some nice compost or mulch. I get leaf envy about this time of year!

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  6. Wow, that is one impressive size leaf.
    You really get the idea when you put it next to something else.



  7. Hahaha, it is funny doing something like that, but very informative. I now am thinking of our plant with big leaves which might be bigger than that maple. I actually posted it earlier to simulate autumn color although they just fall during dehiscence, unlike the simultaneous Fall. Here:

  8. Beautiful post! Beautiful BIG leaves. I made a post about these biggies a while ago and wondered: how can I make it clear to everyone how big these leaves are. I named my post Big leaves but your post really shows it! You did it! I had thought of laying a small leaf next to one of the biggies but didn't do it afterall. You took it even a step, no, some steps further! Love it!

  9. Aren't bigleaf maples just so awesome? I love them. That one in the first picture has turned some very pretty colors. Wish I had one in my back yard, all I have are Douglas firs.

  10. Ha, yep thats a big leaf!

  11. Funny, Tatyana. By coincidence, I was looking at my photo of a big leaf maple leaf just this evening -- I met them for the first time this summer. They are quite amazing.

  12. Tatyana, this is a great post! Of course, I am very impressed by the mere size of the Big leaf Maple leaf, but what I really loved in this post is your creative way to compare this leaf to other things. The most interesting way to show off the size of the leaf for me was to put it on the back of your dog. How did you get that idea? Your German Shepard is an incredible beautiful dog, by the way! Thanks for an entertaining and at the same time informative post!

  13. Well pretty big I am going to guess. LOL! You need to make a cement casting of that beauty.

  14. Well named! That is one Big Leaf! Cute pic of it on your dog's back!

  15. Not sure what to think of the big foot.

  16. I just posted a few photos of our leaves today, as ours are just changing color, although I'm not sure our Acer macrophyllum leaves are quite as large as yours! I love the 'saddle' leaves you have for your dog's back. It really does make them look humongous!

  17. You asked about my succulents; Graptopetalum and Kalanchoe. I have no tips for care. They spent the summer outside. I repotted the Kalanchoe when I brought it inside and rooted two pieces that broke off. They have buds now.

    Ghost plant gets nipped by birds or I suspect squirrels sometimes outside so I bring it inside. Every little leaf that breaks off -- and they are prone to breaking -- gets laid in any handy pot of soil to root a tiny new plant.

  18. Wow huge leaves - maybe those are the ones Adam and Eve used for clothes :)

  19. Thank you everyone!
    I'll post a picture of the whole tree one day. The tree itself is not big.

  20. Hi Tatyana, Those are some BIG leaves! I've got a bunch [like a trillion] big Sweet Gum leaves that will need to be taken care of in the coming weeks. I like them better when they're on the trees! :) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  21. Tatyana, I was always told that everything in America was big, but come on this takes the biscuit. Great fun post.

  22. Jeez, that's some size. Our English leaves are crap compared to that!


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