Hardwood Species 101

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When selecting your hardwood, the species impacts the style. Learn how the look, feel, and durability of your floors varies depending on the tree type. From classic oak to tropical acacia, feel confident about which hardwood is right for your home.

Hardwood’s beauty is built by nature. Discover the distinct style of each species and learn how the look, feel, and durability vary. At Floor & Decor there are over 15 different [hardwood](https://www.flooranddecor.com/wood) species available, and we’re breaking down the details of some of the most popular.


Among the heartiest of planks primarily found in the United States and Canada, [hickory](https://www.flooranddecor.com/wood?prefn3=species&prefv3=Hickory)’s notable straight grain and texture add to its rustic appeal. It’s ideal for high traffic areas. Expect large knots, unique patterns, and color variations from this North American classic.

Office with medium brown hickory hardwood floors.


Native to tropical and subtropical regions, [acacia](https://www.flooranddecor.com/wood?prefn3=species&prefv3=Acacia) has an organic and distinct style. Its elongated variation is subtle and enhanced by reddish hues. Its natural hardness makes for long-lasting durability.

Kitchen with blue tile and medium brown acacia hardwood floors.


[Maple](https://www.flooranddecor.com/wood?prefn3=species&prefv3=Maple) is a widely favored wood from Asia and North America. Subtle graining and its natural light color make it versatile. It’s naturally dent and scrape resistant which makes it ideal for families and pets.

Kitchen with medium brown maple hardwood floors.


Rooted in Europe and the United States, [oak](https://www.flooranddecor.com/wood?prefn3=species&prefv3=White%20Oak%7CRed%20Oak) has unmistakable graining from the natural rings of the tree. Available in red and white oak, the shades offer something for every style.

Kitchen with light oak hardwood floors.

In-Stock Selection

Watch our video to learn more about the [Top Hardwood Flooring Species](https://www.flooranddecor.com/videos/v/top-hardwood-flooring-species/235593171) or turn to the [Wood Buying Guide](https://www.flooranddecor.com/videos/v/wood-buying-guide/228128514) for a complete look at how to shop for hardwood like a pro. Check out the beauty of hardwood up close at your local Floor & Decor where there are 100s of options to choose from by species, style, and size. For expert help narrowing down your selection, turn to a Floor & Decor design expert and [schedule a free design appointment ](https://www.flooranddecor.com/contact-a-designer-confirmation)today.