Deciduous Trees in the Redwood Forest

Deciduous trees are unique because they lose their leaves each fall and appear "naked" all winter. In the spring fresh leaves grow back. Most deciduous trees are non-conifers and produce flowers instead of cones. Watch for these trees along streams.


Bigleaf Maple

Bigleaf maples have big leaves! They have five lobes and look like hands, but are usually much bigger than a hand. This species is the most common maple in California.

The picture at left was taken in the spring as the leaves are just starting to grow. Notice the flowers hanging down.