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The newly formed outer wood located just inside the vascular cambium of a tree trunk and active in the conduction of water. Sapwood is usually lighter in color than heartwood.


(Botany) the soft wood, just beneath the bark in tree trunks, that consists of living tissue. Compare heartwood



the living, softer part of the wood between the inner bark and the heartwood.
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Noun1.sapwood - newly formed outer wood lying between the cambium and the heartwood of a tree or woody plantsapwood - newly formed outer wood lying between the cambium and the heartwood of a tree or woody plant; usually light colored; active in water conduction
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
References in classic literature ?
Stumps thirty or forty years old, at least, will still be sound at the core, though the sapwood has all become vegetable mould, as appears by the scales of the thick bark forming a ring level with the earth four or five inches distant from the heart.
After leasing 7,200 square feet of space to craft brewery Sapwood Cellars the property portfolio reached 5 percent occupied.
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Diffusive drying from both sapwood and heartwood was observed at the log ends.
The wood anatomical characteristics influence adhesion, taking as an example the difference in porosity observed in early wood and late wood, heartwood and sapwood, and juvenile and adult wood (Albuquerque & Latorraca, 2005).
When nighttime temperatures are below freezing, but daytime temperatures are above freezing, water from the soil is drawn up into the roots and travels up through the sapwood to the tree's branches.
Recent research by MIT revealed that a tree's sapwood filters out 99 percent of bacteria from any water its roots absorb.
The transformation of sapwood into heartwood is characterized by the death of parenchyma cells (Hillis, 1987), development of tyloses in the vessels of many species (Bamber, 1976) and the biosynthesis of nonstructural compounds, leading to an important accumulation of extractives and to the differences in physical and chemical properties between sapwood and heartwood (Sellin, 1994).
It has a light to medium brown heartwood, with the sapwood tending toward beige or light brown.
Similar in color to European oak, American white oak has a light-colored sapwood and light to dark brown heartwood.
The house longhorn beetle can have a devastating impact on property, as it attacks the sapwood in softwood timber.