Grows as a small deciduous tree or large, upright shrub, up to 30 feet tall. Larger and more upright than vine maple, but smaller than big leaf maple. Can be found from Alaska to northern California, occurring from coastal areas, east to Idaho. Also called Douglas Maple, it is adapted to grow in a wide variety of sites, from moist lowland sites to dry upland areas. Can be found growing as an understory species in moderate shade or on very sunny exposed sights and is more suitable than vine maple for shading out competing vegetation, as it grows faster and has a more upright growth form.