Ambrosia maple, also known as wormy maple, is a general classification for maple lumber. It's used to describe a variety of Acer (true maple) species that have color bug trails throughout the board. These trails can cause stripes similar to those on a tiger. Ambrosia maple is highly desirable for crafts, specialty wood items, veneer, and furniture.
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What Causes The Worm Patterns in Ambrosia Maple?
Ambrosia maple gets it's unique grain pattern from impregnated Ambrosia Beetles that burrow into maple trees to deposit larvae. They carry fungi on their feet into the maple wood, which serves as food for the offspring when they hatch. The residue left behind as the beetle digs into the maple tree causes the discoloration and worm holes in the wood. These trails are bluish or green and give the wood a lot of character once it's finished.
Are These A Concern For Finished Pieces?
The wormholes are not a concern for finished pieces. These beetles typically are attracted to wood that has started air drying. Once the wood is kiln dried, they will not reinfest. Just about any lumber you buy at a hardware store is going to be kiln dried, so the bugs should not be an issue.
Where To Find Ambrosia, or "Wormy" Maple?
Wormy maple can be purchased a many stores that specialize in hardwood lumber. Simply do a search for your area and you'll likely be able to find a hardwood lumber company that has this in stock. If you're looking for ambrosia maple wood slabs, we have them in stock. Shop our maple slabs online now.