Size of tree and type of forest/location: A medium to large hardwood of eastern North America. Its sweet sap is the source of maple syrup.
Description of wood: Heartwood pale brown to pale red-brown. Sapwood creamy. Texture fine and even. Grain usually straight but wavy grain is sometimes present.
Dry density kg/m3: 730
Workability: Not easy to work so tool edges are soon blunted. Glues satisfactorily. Needs care in nailing. Takes finishes well. Good for turning and steam bending. Outstanding resistance to abrasion.
Use: Flooring (especially for bowling alleys, squash courts and ballrooms), textile bobbins, musical instruments, laminated golf club heads, decorative veneer, furniture.