The maple tree forms a mighty, high arching top especially as a free-standing tree. As a deciduous tree, green in summer, it can quite possibly reach heights of 30 - 40 m with a stem diameter of 50 - 90 cm. Knot-free stems of up to 15 m in length are not unusual.
The typical leaf shape has become the national symbol in the Canadian flag. In Germany it grows mainly at the altitudes of the low mountain ranges and the edge of the Alps up to the tree line.
This wood is very popular with carpenters. It is hard, but elastic, warps little and is especially suitable for interior work because it can be very well processed. The natural colour is light ivory-coloured. The annual rings show only very little in the grain, the fine pores are not visible any more after lacquering. Sometimes occurring wavy growth of the wood fibres leads to an interesting pattern of the wood surface, running diagonally to the growth direction. This kind of solid wood or veneer can be found especially in the manufacture of musical instruments or also antiques. This irregular fibre pattern however makes staining the wood rather difficult. Often, a patched staining picture results from this.
Another typical fibre deviation, mainly known from American maple tree, is small bud-like deformities known as Vogelaugen (birds eye)-maple in peeling veneer.
As maple tends strongly to turn yellow because of the contents in the wood. It will, as a rule, be processed in the bleached variant. However, also this surface treatment and the usual UV-protective lacquers can only temporarily stop the process of turning yellow.
|Botanical Name||Acer pseudoplatanus|
|Surface Variants||bleached and clearly lacquered|
|Related Kinds||Norway maple, Sugar maple, Field maple|
|Distribution||North America, Canada, Europe, Russia, China, Japan|
|Systematology||Deciduous tree, hardwood, fine pores, sapwood tree|
|Types/Variants||Solid Wood Veneered Wood|