English Sycamore
Formal Name: Acer pseudoplatanus

Other Names: European Sycamore, Harewood, Sycamore Plane, Sycamore, Great Maple, Sycamore Maple

Wood Description

The sapwood of English Sycamore is a light-colored creamy white which varies to light yellowish in color. The heartwood ranges in color from light to dark brown. While most often straight-grained, the figured logs of this exotic hardwood are highly valued. With a consistent fine, silky texture, English Sycamore is considered the finest light-colored wood in the world.


English Sycamore is a species of maple native central Europe and southwestern Asia. It is found throughout central Europe, including France, Poland, northern Spain, northern Turkey and parts of Caucasus.

Working Properties

English Sycamore machines extremely well. It has both excellent nail and screw holding properties and also glues well. The silky texture provides an excellent based for paint, stain or polish. It is easy to achieve a beautiful finish with this durable hardwood.

Main Uses

An excellent tone wood, English Sycamore is used to make violins, cellos, basses, and violas. It is also used in fine furniture, cabinets, architectural millwork and flooring, and is an extremely desirable wood for veneer.