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Maple is known as Sycamore in Europe. Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) is a European species and, although not native to Ireland, it has become naturalised and is a common component of many hedgerows. Trees can grow rapidly and reach a large size.
Sycamore is a diffuse-porous wood, white or pale cream in colour, with a fine texture and a moderate lustre. Growth rings are indistinct. Although the timber is usually straight-grained, some trees can have marked grain patterns, such as fiddle-back or bird’s eye figure, which are highly prized.
Sycamore is reasonably widely available in moderate quantities. Figured material is scarce and valuable.
Source: National Council for Forest Research and Development