Japanese maple or acer palmatum is a hardwood maple that grows to 10 to 25 feet, with smooth bark and deep red leaves. Hard maple wood is generally used for furnishings, cabinets and ornamental woodwork, while soft maple is used as a cheaper alternate for hard maple moldings, or in trim that is painted. It is used in box making, and often these boxes are then enclosed with decorative wood veneer.
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