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North American Maple Species Details   (Back to Species List)

Detailed information pertaining to North American Maple (Acer, saccharum) is detailed below:

Specie Names
Lumber Name(s): Hard Maple, Sugar Maple, North American Maple.
Grown in: North America.
Description
Known as the "white" wood of choice, the highest grades of North American Maple have a uniform bright white color without contrasting heartwood and streaks. Lower grades have a higher range of color variability from tan/brown tones to dark brown heartwood.
Color Range and Color Change
Color Range: North American Maple has an extreme range of color variability as the wood varies in color from the pale cream colored sapwood on through to the different tan/brown tones to dark brown colors found in the heartwood. Darker woods are pulled for our "white" upper grades.
Color Change: North American Maple undergoes a medium degree of color change, with slight ambering from a cream/white to a more golden cream color over time.
Where to Use
North American Maple may be used both residentially and commercially wherever the fine grained “white” look of maple is desired.
Special Characteristics and Issues
Allergic Reactions: North American Maple has been known to cause contact dermatitis. Care should be taken when coming into contact with the sawdust.
Product availability
Available in the following collections: American Woods.
See a list of all North American Maple products.
Hardness Chart
Hardness Chart for North American Maple.
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