AKA: Red maple, silver maple Description: Straight-grained fine-textured wood. Not as strong as hard maple. Light creamy-brown in colour. Common Use: Furniture, interior joinery, turning, plywood, flooring.
Hard Maple, on the other hand, typically refers to one specific type of maple species: Acer saccharum. Hard Maple is also known as Rock Maple or Sugar Maple, (this is the same tree which is tapped to get maple syrup). Depending on where you live, different species might be sold as Soft Maple.