Maple ranges in color from nearly white, to an off-white cream color, sometimes with a reddish or golden hue. The grain is generally straight, and has a fine, even texture. It is usually referred to as Sugar Maple. Its wood is stronger, stiffer, harder, and denser than all of the other species of Maple commercially available in lumber form. Maple grain will not split with continued use and makes a great, durable bat!