Magnoliaceae - The Magnolia Family
American Tulipwood, American Whitewood, Canary Whitewood, Canary Wood, Canoe Wood, Hickory Poplar, Popple, Saddletree, Tulip Poplar, Tuliptree, Tulipwood, White Poplar, Whitewood, Yellow Poplar
Interior Use Only
Cabinets, Carving, Doors, Furniture, Interior Trim, Millwork, Mouldings, Musical Instruments
Poplar grows throughout much of the eastern half of the United States. It usually grows in pure stands and prefers moist well drained soil.
The sapwood is a creamy white and can be variegated or striped. The heartwood tends to have a pale olive color to a pale brown color, and is known to have dark blue, dark purple, dark green and black streaks. The wood is straight grained and has a very fine and even texture.
The wood is relatively in inexpensive, and is frequently used for paint grade mouldings and millwork. The specie takes nails and screws well, but does not hold onto to them well.