Maple, Hard

Latin name: Acer saccharum, A. nigrum

Common name(s): Rock Maple, Sugar Maple, White Maple

Sources: USA and Canada

Characteristics: Sapwood varies from soft pinkish white to light yellow to light khaki in color. Surface is smooth, tight, and dense. Heartwood ranges from dark brown to green to black. Typically sold as white maple. Growth rings are light and at times imperceptible. Susceptible to insect assault resulting in brown streaks called worm track.

Common cuts: Rotary cut, Plain sliced, Half Round, Quarter sliced and Rift cut usually pulled from sliced quarters

Uses: Decorative veneer and lumber primarily for kitchen cabinetry and furniture. Excellent surface for painting.

Availability: Readily available

Price: $-$$ depending on specifications