Poplar also called Tulip Poplar and Yellow Poplar (scientific name: Liriodendron tulipifera), has a heartwood of light cream to yellow-brown color with occasional grey/green streaks. Sapwood is pale yellow to white and not distinguishable from the heartwood. Its texture is medium, luster is low and grain is straight and uniform.

Poplar is commonly found in eastern United States. It is rated moderately durable to not durable, and is prone to insect attack.

Janka Hardness :

2,400 N (540 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

455 kg/m3 (29 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

Good results achieved with either hand tools or machine tools and easy to work within almost all regards. Softness can cause fuzzy surface and edges while sanding and shaping. Get a smooth surface by using the finer grit of sandpaper.

Pricing / Availability

This is one of the most affordable hardwoods since it organically grows in great abundance throughout the eastern states of the United States.



It is not mentioned in the Cites Appendices or on the IUCN’s Red List.


Common Uses

This is one of the most widely utilized wood types as it is used in almost every kind of wood product; from veneers to wooden crates, plywood, furniture framework, to even pulpwood used to make paper.

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