Ambrosia Maple

Botanical Name

It consists of two species: Acer saccharinum (Silver Maple) and Acer rubrum l. (Red Maple)

Other Common Names

Wormy Maple


Silver Maple rangers from the Great Plains east, excluding the Gold and AtlanticCoastal region. Red Maple grows throughout the eastern United States.

The Tree

Much like Spalted Maple and other forms of figured maple, Ambrosia Maple is technically not a specific species of Maple, but rather a general description of Maple that has been infested by the Columbian timber beetle. Beetles bore into the trees, giving it that discolored look. The beetle carries a fungus, which causes flagging above and below the holes; the beetle cultures and feeds on the fungus.

Working Properties

The wood is somewhat soft and Silver Maple in particular can contain substantial tension, wood which develops in leaning trees. Tension wood tends to fuzz when machined.


Musical instruments, millwork, cabinets, and furniture.


Ambrosia Maple is considered a decorative feature which gives the wood additional character, and can be available for purchase.