Aceraceae - The Maple Family
Carolina Red Maple, Drummon Red Maple, Maple, Red Maple, Scarlet Maple, Soft Maple, Swamp Maple, Water Maple, White Soft Maple, Worm Hole No Defect Soft Maple, WHND Soft Maple
Interior Use Only
Flooring, Furniture, Interior Trim, Millwork, Mouldings, Musical Instruments
Soft Maple grows in much of eastern North America, as far west eastern Texas and as far north as Newfoundland. Soft Maple prefers wet or swampy areas, but it is also one of the species to generate on cut or burned forest areas.
The sapwood is wide and fairly white in color, and the heartwood is a light tan to light brown that sometimes has a gray, green or purple hue. The wood is a straight closed grain, with a fine texture. The grain can occasionally yield wavy patterns.
Most hardwood are prized for their heartwood, but in the Maples sapwood is usually more sought after then heartwood. Like Hard Maple there is limited amount of bird's eye, curly, or tiger grain available. For blocking, furniture frames, and other products that appearance is not critical there is also a Worm Hole No Defect (WHND) grade available.