||Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
||Also known as soft maple, scarlet maple, swamp maple, and water maple.
||Grows throughout eastern North America.
||Straight, close grain with a fine, even texture. Wide, creamy white sapwood and beige or tan-colored heartwood.
||Moderately heavy, hard, strong, and stiff with low shock resistance and decay resistance, and medium movement in use.
||Softer and weaker than hard maple but easier to work. Steam-bends satisfactorily. Turns, planes, cuts, and otherwise machines well. Gluing is variable. Finishes easily without the need for filling. Not suitable for exterior projects due to low decay resistance.
||Used for furniture, interior joinery, kitchen utensils, toys, novelties, turnery, musical instruments, sports goods, crates, pallets, flooring, furniture framing, and core stock. Commonly marketed as soft maple.