Apple bark

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Silk dyed with Zumi bark in visible light
Silk dyed with Zumi bark in UV light


A yellow color dye extracted from apple tree bark (Malus sylvestris and others). Apple bark will give a yellow-brown to yellow-green color on wool using an aluminum mordant and a brass color on wool with a chrome mordant. Apple bark dye has fair light and wash fastness.

Synonyms and Related Terms

apple tree bark; Malus sylvestris (European wild apple); écorce de pommier (Fr.); corteccia di melo selvatico (It.)

Resources and Citations

  • R.J. Adrosko, Natural Dyes in the United States, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1968
  • John and Margaret Cannon, Dye Plants and Dyeing, Herbert Press, London, 1994
  • Virginia Tech Dendrology website at (Accessed Dec. 9, 2005)

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