Ambrosia (Acer rubrum)


Common Names: Ambrosia, Red Maple


Distribution: Eastern North America


Color/Appearance: Much like Spalted Maple and other forms of figured maple, Ambrosia Maple is technically not a specific species of maple, but rather a general description of any type of maple that has been infested by Ambrosia beetles. The beetles bore into the tree and bring with them the fungus that discolors the wood.


Janka hardness: 950/lbf


Density: 3.16/b.f.



Radial (thickness): 4%

Tangential (width): 8.2%

Volumetric (total): 12.6%

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 2.1


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Red Maple, along with other maples in the Acer genus, has been reported to cause skin irritation, runny nose and asthma-like respiratory effects.


Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: no


Common Uses: Veneer, paper (pulpwood), boxes, crates/pallets, musical instruments, turned objects  and other small specialty wood items.


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