Poplar

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.

 

Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: no

 

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.

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