There are over 7500 varieties of Apple grown in the world. However only one of those, the Crab Apple is native to the United States. The United States is in the top three countries for Apple growing/production along with China and Turkey. China far outproduces the others and was estimated to grow 37,001,600 tons in 2012 alone. In 2005 there were approximately 7500 Apple Growers in the United States and their orchards covered over 379,000 acres of land.
Apple wood is often used in cooking because it burns hot and slow, without producing excessive flames. It also gives off a pleasant smell when burned, which is why it is also commonly used when smoking meats. Apple wood is used for woodwind instrument production and some smaller wood craft projects. Due to the slow growth rates and Apple growers need to produce high turnover rates most trees are kept pruned low so the trees rarely reach heights tall/long enough to produce mass produced lumber. Most orchards will bulldoze and burn trees once they stop producing to make room for a new crop. This makes the availability of Apple wood as a building material very limited.