- the softer part of the wood between the inner bark and the heartwood.
Origin of sapwood
Also called alburnum.
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Examples from the Web for sapwood
There is only about one-quarter inch of sapwood in a 9-inch tree.
What flows through the "sapwood" is chiefly water brought from the soil.
The sapwood was in fine condition and almost as white as snow.
The sapwood is lighter in color than the heart, and decays more quickly.
The rejection of the sapwood by so many users is the most discouraging feature.
- the soft wood, just beneath the bark in tree trunks, that consists of living tissueCompare heartwood
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- The younger layers of new wood produced by the interior side of the vascular cambium within a tree trunk. Sapwood is active in the conduction of water and is usually lighter in color than heartwood.
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