Apple (bionomial name Malus domestica) trees are any trees of the species Malus domestica in the rose family (Rosaceae). It is one of the most widely cultivated tree (for its fruit and wood), and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans. The tree originated in Western Asia, where its wild ancestor, the Alma, is still found today. There are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples, resulting in a range of desired characteristics.
Applewood wands are not made in great numbers. They are powerful and best suited to an owner of high aims and ideals, as this wood mixes poorly with Dark Arts. It is said that the possessor of an apple wand will be well-loved and long-lived, an assertion supported by the fact that Garrick Ollivander often met customers of great personal charm to find their perfect match in an applewood wand.
An unusual ability to converse with other magical beings in their native tongues is often found among apple wand owners, who include the celebrated author of Merpeople: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Language and Customs, Dylan Marwood.
Behind the scenes
- The claim that owners of Apple wands will be long-lived may be inspired by several mythologies and legends where apples are a source of immortality (Greek and Norse mythology being two examples)..