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, its luster is low and its grain is straight and uniform.

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

Janka Hardness :

2,400 N (540 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

c455 kg/m3 (29 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

Good results can be achieved with either hand tools or machine tools and poplar is easy to work with in almost all regards. Its softness can cause fuzzy surfaces and edges during 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 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, and even pulpwood used to make paper.

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