Bigtooth Maple

Acer grandidentatum

Lost Maple, Limerock Maple, Sabinal Maple, Uvalde Bigtooth Maple

About This Plant

Sun/part shade; deciduous. Outstanding fall color. Bigtooth maple is fairly drought-tolerant and can grow up to 40 feet in the right setting; however, in the Edwards Plateau, it’s mostly a resident of sheltered canyons. Uvalde Bigtooth Maple is a 3-lobed variety of the species. This is the species many tourists travel to see at Lost Maples State Park in autumn. In recent years, it has become much more widely available in the nursery trade. Although it prefers limestone soil, with proper care it can adapt to clay, sand and rock. It grows slowly as a young plant, and foliage may burn a bit in extreme summer heat. Seeds are a good food source for wildlife.

Origins: Southwestern U.S., including the Edwards Plateau in Texas


Young trees require some soil moisture; after two years they should be able to survive on their own. Bigtooth maples need their leaves to feed their roots; prune as little as possible.

The "Lost Maple" is a relic from cooler times in Texas.

Min. Height: 20'

Max Height: 45 feet'

Min. Width: 20'

Max Width: 30 feet'

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