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- Common Name(s)
- Birdseye Maple
- Scientific Name
- Acer saccharum
- Tree Distribution
- Northeastern North America
- Tree Size
- 80-115 ft. tall, 2-3 ft. trunk diameter
- Janka Hardness
- 1450 lbf
- Birdseye Maple is not technically a distinct species of Maple, but rather, it’s a figure that’s occasionally found in Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple) trees. It’s named “birdseye” because the figure resembles small bird’s eyes.
The figure is reportedly caused by unfavorable growing conditions for the tree. The Sugar Maple attempts to start numerous new buds to get more sunlight, but with poor growing conditions the new shoots are aborted, and afterward a number of tiny knots remain. Birdseye Maple is frequently sold in veneer form, but solid lumber is available as well. Being tiny knots, the birdseye figure is most noticeable and pronounced on flat-sawn pieces of lumber.
- Grain / Texture
- Grain is generally straight, but may be wavy. Has a fine, even texture.
- Pricing / Availability
- Regular Hard Maple should be moderately priced, though slightly more expensive than Soft Maple. Also, figured pieces such as birdseye, curl, or quilt are likely to be much more expensive.
- Information cited from Wood-Database.com