Yellow Poplar
Liriodendron tulipifera

Common Names

Tulip Wood, Tulipwood, Balsam Poplar, Canary Whitewood and various varieties of Aspen.


Yellow poplar trees grow taller than any other U.S. hardwood species and they are members of the magnolia family. The bark, leaves, flowers, fruit and roots contain pharmaceuticals. Poplar is the state tree of Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Did You Know?

The poplar tree is rarely attacked by parasites.


Widespread throughout Eastern U.S. Tree heights can reach 150 feet.

Main Uses

Light construction, furniture, kitchen cabinets, doors, musical instruments, exterior trim and siding, paneling, mouldings and millwork, edge-glued panels, turnings and carvings.

Relative Abundance

11.2 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available.

General Description

The sapwood is creamy white and may be streaked, with the heartwood varying from pale yellowish brown to olive green. The green color in the heartwood will tend to darken on exposure to light and turn brown. The wood has a medium to fine texture and is straight-grained; has a comparatively uniform texture.


Very widely available.



Ash • Beech • Brazilian Cherry • Brazilian Walnut • Aromatic Cedar • Cherry • Coffeenut • Cypress • Hickory • Hard Maple • Poplar • Red Elm • Red Oak • Sassafras • Soft Maple • Walnut • White Oak • White Pine • Yellow Pine • Heart Pine

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Wood is a natural product. Some variation in color and grain pattern will occur between samples, images on this website, photographs and any specific installation.

Working Properties

Poplar is a versatile wood that is easy to machine, plane, turn, glue and bore. It dries easily with minimal movement in performance and has little tendency to split when nailed. It takes and holds paint, enamel and stain exceptionally well.

Poplar - Working Properties Chart

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Physical Properties

A medium density wood with low bending, shock resistance, stiffness and compression values, with a medium steam-bending classification. Excellent strength and stability.

540 Janka Hardness Rating

White Oak

Product Weights


Green Rough Sawn


KD Rough Sawn


KD 15/16" HoM Planed


KD 3/4" S4S & Flooring


Listed weights are considered estimated averages only and do not include the additional weight of bolsters, packaging or crating.


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