Yellow birch hardwood flooring is a happy medium between the hardness of hard maple, and the stability of red oak. It’s got the close grain pattern similar to hard maple, slightly softer, and with more of a golden color spectrum. Yet, it approaches the stability of red oak. Take a look at this video with BuildDirect Co-Founder Rob Banks who goes into a bit more detail on this point, and others:
So, if you’re looking for a natural floor that is akin to a maple, with a level of easy workability akin to a red oak, yellow birch may be a hardwood floor species to look into. I personally really like the golden tones of this species, perfect for bringing a bit of brightness to a space.