Maple is hardwood like oak, less dense making it very easy to split and light.
The Sugar Maple is a beautiful tree with deep yellow and orange colors in the fall, and for its high sugar-to-sap ratio and is also used for firewood. This brilliant display will make you stop and take notice every autumn. The bark forms an attractive gray color that stands out in winter. This large shade tree is most likely where your maple syrup comes from, it's the most common one used for tapping. The firewood that the Sugar Maple tree produces is coveted due to its ease of splitting, heat value and resulting ash which can be used to enrich gardens.