Some species of hard maple grow to 130 feet in height, though the average height range is closer to 100 feet. Hard maple makes up approximately 8% of the commercially available hardwoods in the United States. It is called the “cold-weather tree” favoring northern climates. It is prevalent in the northern and eastern United States. The heartwood is light reddish brown and the wide sapwood is nearly white. A small percentage of trees produce special figure such as bird’s eye or curly maple, which is sought after for grain interest.Properties
Hard maple has a fine, uniform texture and is very heavy and strong with a close, straight grain. It has good machining, nail and screw holding properties. It also glues, stains and finishes very well.View Properties Comparison Chart » Commercial Uses
Hard maple is used for fine furniture, cabinetry and architectural millwork. Because of its strength, it has long been used for high quality commercial flooring including bowling alleys and basketball courts.Other Uses
Maple syrup. At the turn of the century hard maple was used as heels for women's shoes.