Despite being called soft maple, both hard and soft maple are considered hard woods. Soft maple holds the same hardness rating as cherry at 950 on the Janka Hardness Rating Scale, making it harder than African mahogany at 830, alder at 590 and poplar at 540. Hard maple comes in at 1450 on the Janka Hardness Rating Scale, which puts it at the upper end, and makes it a preferred choice for flooring, baseball bats, bowling alleys, violins and butcher blocks. Hard maple grows more slowly, which makes the wood harder but also increases the time to harvest and makes it more costly.

Ambrosia Maple

Curly Maple

Hard Maple

Soft Maple