Color/Appearance:Heartwood can vary from a light reddish or grayish brown to a deeper red/brown. The grain of Apple is sometimes seen with streaks of darker and lighter bands of color, similar toOlive. Sapwood is a pale cream color.
Grain/Texture:Grain is straight (though on some sections of the tree it can also be wild). With a very fine, uniform texture, closely resemblingCherry.
Endgrain:Diffuse-porous; small to very-small pores tending to occur in increased frequency in earlywood zone; exclusively solitary; growth rings distinct; rays usually not visible without lens; parenchyma not typically visible with lens.
Pricing/Availability:Apple is seldom available in lumber form, and is usually seen only in very small sizes when available. Likely to be rather expensive, and is usually meant for only small projects and specialized applications.
Sustainability:This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common Uses:Fine furniture, tool handles, carving, mallet heads, turned items, and other small specialty wood objects.
Comments:Apple has a high shrinkage rate, and experiences a large amount of seasonal movement in service. Its appearance and texture closely resemble Cherry, another fruit tree. Yet Apple is significantly heavier and harder thanCherry, and is excellent for turning.