Heartwood is creamy white to light reddish brown. Sapwood is pale to creamy white.
Closed, subdued grain, with medium figuring and uniform texture. Occasionally shows quilted, fiddleback, curly or bird’s-eye figuring. Figured boards often culled during grading and sold at a premium.
Black maple (B. nigrum) is also hard; other species are classified as soft.
Takes neutral finish well. May be difficult to stain.
Easily available. Figured grains have limited availability.