Common name Sugar maple Soft maple Red Alder Basswood Yellow poplar American beech Sycamore. Genus/species Acer saccharum Acer rubrum / saccharinum Alnus rubra Tilia americana Liriodendron tulipifera Fagus grandifolia Platanus occidentalis. FW1035 Lab Lecture 3.
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Acer rubrum / saccharinum
Lab Lecture 3Diffuse Porous Hardwoods
Prefers cool, moist climates
Common throughout Northeastern US and Southwest Canada
Bird’s eye maple
Uses: furniture, flooring, pallets and packaging
Figure: bird’s eye figured wood costs ~3 times more than non-figured
The leaves are different, but the woods are indistinguishable.
Uses: furniture, pulp and paper, pallets and packaging
Basis for local furniture and cabinetry industries on the West Coast.
Favored by disturbance. Capable of fixing atmospheric nitrogen.
Lowland species. Common along the Pacific Northwest coast. Ranges from northern California to southeastern Alaska.
Grows in eastern and central hardwood woodlands.
Preferred for wood carving and burning
(Also called American basswood, linden, and lime-tree)
~ 6% ray volume
Grows throughout the eastern US.
High commercial value as a substitute for softwoods.
Can reach 300-400 years of age. Used for turning, steam bending, and a variety of household applications.
Commonly planted as a shade tree.