Ambrosia Maple: Figured Lumber

Ambrosia Maple is typically a soft maple tree that has been invested with a beetle. The beetle bores a small hole in the wood, bringing with it a fungus that gives the maple a unique color. Ambrosia Maple wood can have a typical white, maple background with lots of grey streaks, left by the ambrosia beetle.

Ambrosia Maple boards can also have lots of pink and red heartwood colors. Kiln drying this type of wood kills all further bug activity and makes it a unique multi-colored hardwood that is very desirable, especially in super figured species.


Origin of Wood TypeEastern U.S.
Botanical NameAcer Rubrum
Specific Gravity.60
Avg. Weight Per BF3.8 lbs
Color RangeLight white sapwood, heartwood pink to grey
Rarity / AvailabilityCommon
Typical Avg. Width5 – 14 inches
Typical Avg. Length8 – 16 feet
Avg. Waste Factor20%
Wood UsesAll woodworking and cabinetry
Lumber GradesFAS through 2 common
Other Trade Names Ghost Maple, Wormy Maple