Ambrosia Maple // Acer rubrum

The colored and streaked wood offers a unique and charming appearance that captures the essence of nature at work. The wood is just regular maple that's been visited by certain beetles who left holes that allowed a fungus to discolor the wood. Don't worry -- kiln drying evicted all bugs from the wood.
Ambrosia Maple grows in North America
map of where Ambrosia Maple grows
Tips & Techniques

Video Tutorial

Learn about woodworking with Ambrosia Maple
color of Ambrosia Maple
Color Range
Cream white with irregular streaks of gray, dark brown, tan or black
other names for Ambrosia Maple
Other Names
Ambrosia Maple, Beetle Maple, Maple, Red maple, Scarlet maple, Soft maple, Tiger maple, Wormy maple
uses for Ambrosia Maple
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, cabinets, an decorative projects
the Ambrosia Maple tree
What's the Tree Like?
Ambrosia maple isn't necessarily a specific tree, but an effect on the appearance of the wood of the Red or Soft Maple tree that's been infested by the Ambrosia beetle. The infestation results in numerous gray fungus streaks and discolorations.


lbs /Bd. Ft.
-26.54% lighter than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
-26.36% softer than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
-15.62% less dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 3/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 3/10
Red Oak