Hard maple trees are also commonly referred to as sugar maple.
We rate hard maple as a first class tree based on its current high demand in markets. Hard maple or sugar maple trees produce a high quality timber and yield maple syrup. The light-colored wood is used for furniture, flooring, cabinets, charcoal and firewood. Furthermore, some maples produce a bird’s-eye or curly wood, which is high prized for its beauty.
Benefit to Forest:
Sugar maples have a very thick foliage which attracts many bugs. This makes it a good food source for birds, which hunt through the leaves for insects. It also creates a thick leaf litter which is beneficial for earthworms as they use it as a food source.