#Maple is also called sugar maple and rock maple, hard maple grows all over the USA. As its name states, hard maple is extremely hard. It has a variety of grain patterns such as clear, birds eye, curly, and tiger. This wood ranges from cream-white to snowy-white, although during the off season you do get a few that are yellowish in tone. It has mineral streaks and sugary specks, and also sometimes contains figures that are quilted, blistered, or curly.