Characteristics: Also known as Ambrosia maple, this
comes from regular soft maple trees that have been infested
by the ambrosia beetle.
The small beetle bores a network
of tunnels and short galleries called cradles. A fungus
is responsible for the black and
gray streaks that accompany each tunnel and adjacent
wood. The streaks add a unique look to this hardwood without
affecting its structural integrity. This wood is mostly
found in the central part of Eastern United States.
For the specific properties of the lumber, please refer
to the Soft Maple lumber page.