Bigleaf Maple Flowers

April 20, 2013 · 3 comments

bigleaf maple flowers // Wayward Spark

flowering bigleaf maple // Wayward Spark

A fairly well know food blogger (up for a Saveur award this spring) posted a photo on Instagram the other day. There was a mason jar full of budding twigs with lobed leaves and dangling flowers. The caption read, ‘Just picked these honeys out back. No idea what they are!’

I took one look at the photo and knew exactly what they were, bigleaf maple flowers, so I chimed in with the ID. Her response,’Oh, thanks. I didn’t realize maple flowered.’

So now you know. Maples do flower. The end.

new bigleaf maple leaves // Wayward Spark

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Sherry Reuter April 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm

…and you can eat them! We’ve put the big leaf maple flowers in salads before. :) They’re lightly sweet.


rh April 22, 2016 at 10:09 pm

No problems Sherry? I’ve seen them around quite frequently, stumbled on this site actually searching for their edibility. I haven’t found much in regards to toxicity of maples, save dead leaves from dead branches, which are apparently have a different toxicity then seasonally falling leaves.


Aunt Sue April 21, 2013 at 6:44 am

thanks for the chuckle and the discount, too….no i guess these is no point in arguing with you ; )


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