The habitat for soft maple is mostly in the United states and Canada.
Characteristics: Heartwood varies by variety from light tan to brown with reddish patches or streaks.
Sapwood is pale to creamy white. Soft maple normally shows more black streaking than hard maple and is straight grained and with not nearly as much figure variation as hard maple.
Durability: Not as abrasion resistant as hard maple but provides a durable indoor floor for most purposes. Good moisture stability.
Cost and availability. Not normally stocked but can be special ordered. Soft maples can be a less expensive alternative to hard maple as it moderately priced.