Maple Hardwood Technical Species Information

Detailed scientific and mechanical properties for Maple wood


  • Description: Maple is a bright, attractive and classic hardwood standard in the United States, celebrated as the state tree of Wisconsin, Vermont, West Virginia, and New York. The light, pale tone of maple accentuates the light of any room, both brightening the room while simultaneously making it appear more expansive. The reddish-brown heartwood is accompanied by tones that are sometimes tinged with reddish-brown as well. It has a fine, uniform texture and is incredibly strong and shock resistant, with particular resistance to abrasion and wear, making maple a classic beauty that you will be able to enjoy in your home for years to come.
  • More Info: Our Maple is available exclusively in the engineered format. The boards are 1/2" thick with 3-5" widths available with 1-4' random lengths. Many of our engineered products are FSC certified.
  • Other Names: Acer spp, Ahorn, Erable, European maple, Field maple, Bird’s Eye maple, Black maple, Canadian maple, Curly maple, Fiddleback maple, Hard maple, Rock maple, Sugar maple, White maple, Bigleaf maple, Broadleaf maple, Oregon maple, Pacific Coast maple, Western maple, Silver maple, Soft maple, White maple, Ashleaf maple, Boxelder, Manitoba maple
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Maple Lumber Scientific Properties and Technical Specifications

  • Janka Hardness: 1,450 pounds
  • Strength (MOR): 10,700 psi
  • Stiffness (MOE): 1,450 1000 psi
  • Density (KG/m3): 755
  • Color: Reddish-brown heartwood with a white sapwood that can have a reddish-brown tinge.
  • Photosensitivity: Low
  • Tangential Shrinkage: 9.9%
  • Radial Shrinkage: 4.8%
  • Family: Aceraceae
  • Tree Characteristics: The Maple tree can grow to about 120 feet with a diameter of about 3 feet.
  • Geographic Area: Throughout North America
  • Texture: Fine and uniform
  • Grain: Typically straight, but sometimes "curly," fiddleback," or "birds-eye."
  • Luster: Medium
  • Durability Rating: Slightly resistant to heartwood decay.
  • Drying Characteristics: Rated as easy to dry.
  • Working Characteristics: Good turning, good ability to hold nails, polishes well, glues moderately well.
  • Applications: Flooring, furniture, bowling pins, turnery, distillation, veneer, crossties, pallets, woodenware, dance floors, piano frames.

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