Maple is particularly species-rich and is prevalent in Europe, Canada and America. It processes well and is highly resistant to wear and tear. On top of that, maple is known as a bright and cheerful type of wood, evoking harmony in the home and reconciling differences – for example, those between male and female inhabitants. Maple also stands for calmness and equanimity. Depending on the type, the appearance of maple can vary. It ranges in colour from very light – almost white – to a light brown and even a reddish-grey tone. Canadian maple is yellowish-brown and is distinctly darker and harder than its European counterpart. Its wood structure is consistent and characterised by fine pores. In terms of grain, European maple is more understated than Canadian maple. This light and finely pored wood is particularly suitable for smooth surfaces such as parquet and stairs, panelling, furniture fronts and table tops.