Maple's sapwood is pale to creamy white, whereas its heartwood is creamy white to light reddish brown. Maple has a very subdued, closed grain with moderate figuring and uniform texture. A durable species that is native to North America, Maple is is twice as hard as Douglas Fir and 6% harder than White Oak.
Because of its lighter color, it is a frequent choice for contemporary architectural styles and flooring. Sugar Maple is also a popular choice for musical instruments, bowling alleys, butcher blocks, and baseball bats.