Ambrosia Maple // Acer rubrum

Ambrosia Maple lumber wood, Acer rubrum lumber for woodworking
"This wood charm you with the way it captures the essence of nature at work. Ambrosia maple is a type that's displays a patchwork pattern of stunning gray streaks infused with maple's usual clear white color and plain grain. It's an astonishing effect provided by beetles and the wood gives you a whole new outlet of creativity. Don't worry, we've kiln-dried it and evicted all bugs."
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.
Ambrosia Maple grows in North America
map of where Ambrosia Maple grows


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