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Effects of Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum Pursh) on Growth of Understorey Conifers and the Effects of Coppice Spacing on the Growth of Maple (MoF EP 1121.02)

Author(s) or contact(s): K.D. Thomas and P.G. Comeau
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Hardwoods and Mixedwoods
Series: Extension Note
Other details:  Published 1998. Hardcopy is available.


Bigleaf maple is a desirable ecosystem component that adds to the structural and species diversity of British Columbia's coastal forests. The presence of bigleaf maple may accelerate nutrient cycling, improve site productivity, and contribute to long-term sustainability. Bigleaf maple can be planted on sites infected with laminated root rot for site rehabilitation and amelioration. Maple is also potentially valuable as a commercial tree species; the wood is used for high-value furniture, flooring, and face veneers.

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