Give to our Trees for Tomorrow campaign April 19-May 2!

Your donation will help us establish a more climate-resilient tree canopy across the UC Davis campus and provide support for the student environmental leaders central to the work. Learn more and give today!

Bigtooth Maple | Acer grandidentatum

Scientific Name

Acer grandidentatum

Common Name

Bigtooth Maple

Photo of Bigtooth Maple.
Tree Description

Acer grandidentatum, bigtooth maple, is a fast-growing small deciduous tree. It is relatively drought tolerant and has medium or low water needs. It has a spreading, rounded canopy with colorful fall foliage color.

Tree Size
Height at Maturity
Width at Maturity
Growth Rate
12-36 inches/year
Foliage Type
Sun Exposure
Water Needs
Low Water
Medium Water
Potential Issues

Susceptible to Aphids, Armillaria, Root Rot and Verticillium.

Field Trial Monitoring Results
Excellent potential utility as an urban tree based on evaluation of 12 trees, healthy crown, 100% survival, fast growth rate. Signs of chlorosis and pest damage found on some individuals.
Propagation Results

We had great germination with fresh seed sown outside in a hoop house exposed to cold temperatures. We had very poor germination with 3 month old seed put through cold stratification in refrigerator. Seedlings are moderately fast growing, but suffer from high boron and sodium water.

Additional Images
Photo of Bigtooth maple.

Photo: DeLorenzo, C. Stubler W. Mark and J. Reimer, courtesy of SelecTree