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    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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    The English Camp visitor contact station in the Royal Marine Barracks is closed for the season, starting September 2. Grounds are open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.

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Big Leaf Maple

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Mike Vouri
 

Big leaf maple
(Acer macrophyllum)

This tree has the largest leaf in Washington at 6 to 10 inches long, and is divided into 5 prominent lobes. Look for the specimen nearest the formal garden at English Camp. At 330 years old, it was once proclaimed as the "World's largest Bigleaf maple." Two branches, which broke in the 1970s, reduced the claim as the largest, but it may still be the oldest. The Bigleaf maple next to the barracks, actually a cluster of several trees that have grown together over the centuries, is an island favorite. Please resist climbing its branches, as this will wear down the bark and shorten its life.

Location in park: English Camp

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Did You Know?

Rear Adm. R. Lambert Baynes

British Rear Adm. R. Lambert Baynes immediately superseded Governor Douglas’s orders to land Royal Marines on San Juan Island, cautioning his captains only to fire if fired upon. “Tut, tut, no, no, the damned fools,” he was heard to say on first hearing of the standoff. More...