Although it is a very abundant tree in temperate zones, it is not as frequent as a wood species. Apple wood is dense and attractive in tone, although it is neither durable nor particularly stable.

It has similar appearance and characteristics to cherry wood.

Its scientific name is Malus spp. (Malus domestica, Malus sieversii, Malus sylvestris, etc.).


Color: While the sapwood has a light cream color, the heartwood has shades ranging from reddish brown to light gray. On some occasions, it may have a significant resemblance to olive wood, albeit with a less striking grain.

Fiber: In a straight line.

Grain: Good.

Density: Approximately 830 kg / m³. To give you an idea, superior to oak wood.

Toughness: 1,730 lbf (7,700 N) on the Janka hardness scale.

Durability: It is not considered a wood resistant to rot and insect attack. Therefore, it is essential to use products that improve their resistance to these agents.

Dimensional stability:

  • Volumetric contraction coefficient: –

Mechanical properties:

  • Compressive strength: – kg / cmtwo
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  • Modulus of elasticity: – kg / cmtwo


  • Slow and complex drying, as there is a risk of cracks and deformations. Once dry, it is much more stable.
  • Given its density, it can cause wear on tools.
  • Accepts finishes and bonding well.
  • Good behavior.

The price of apple wood on large and medium planks is high because they are infrequent. The most common are small parts that are used most of the time for small projects. It is due to the small size of the tree and its tendency to twist.

Apple tree

Uses of apple wood

  • Turn and carve. This is the use for which the apple wood has the best qualities.
  • Quality furniture.
  • Sleeves
  • Handwork. Especially in sausages, as it is very decorative.