The Big leaf Maple of the Pacific Northwest has an impressive leaf size. I always notice them in the fall when they are strewn on the ground after a storm. They are big! Big enough to provide layers of mulch for the year and subsequently provide big headaches to the person holding the rake. Too bad they don’t fall in the summer, we could use them as beach blankets. We could also enjoy them in winter and sled down the snowy slopes on them. In spring we could shelter from the rain under their expanse. This tree is a garden unto itself as it often hosts mosses, lichens and ferns. It’s quite a sight to see the moss covered trees of the Hoh Rainforest, with their odd shadowy shapes, dripping with soft, wet moss. It’s also fun to spot the licorice fern growing on the branches, sprouting well above ground level. This tree is native to the Pacific Northwest and grows at low to middle elevations to over 100 feet (35 m). Lucky Canadians who have this beautiful leaf on their flag!