Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Common Names: Poplar, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar
Distribution: Eastern United States
Color/Appearance: Heartwood is light cream to yellowish brown, with occasional streaks of gray or green. Sapwood is pale yellow to white, not always clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Can also be seen in mineral stained colors ranging from dark purple to red, green or yellow, sometimes referred to as “Rainbow Poplar”
Janka Hardness: 540 lbf
Density: 2.42 lb/b.f.
Allergies/Toxicity: Most common reactions simply include eye, skin and respiratory irritation, as well as asthma-like symptoms.
Common Uses: Pallets, crates, upholstered furniture frames, paper (pulpwood) and plywood. Poplar veneer is also used for a variety of applications: either dyed in various colors, or on hidden undersides of veneered panels to counteract the pull of the glue on an exposed side that has been veneered with another, more decorative wood species.