American Poplar/Tulipwood

American Poplar/Tulipwood

Timber Specification for American Poplar Tulipwood



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American Poplar Tulipwood

Although it is often referred to as American Poplar, American Tulipwood is not a poplar (Populus) and has many superior properties. However, the tree resembles the shape of the European poplar, hence its name in the USA. Tulipwood is one of the largest trees in the U.S. forest and can produce very wide and long specifications, which are relatively knot free. It represents around 9% of the standing hardwood resource, which ensures continuity and volume supply to export markets


American Poplar/Tulipwood, is used for skirting and architrave, in light construction, furniture, interior joinery, kitchen cabinets, doors, panelling, mouldings, edged-glued panels, turning and carving.


Colour – The sapwood is creamy white and may be streaked. The size of the sapwood and some physical characteristics will vary according to growing regions. The heartwood of American Poplar Tulipwood varies from pale yellowish brown to olive green. The green colour in the heartwood will tend to darken on exposure to light and turn brown

Grain – The wood is straight grained

Texture – The wood has a medium to fine texture.


Strength – American Tulipwood is very strong for its weight

Weight –450 kg/m³.

Natural Durability Non-resistant to decay

Ease Of Drying – American Tulipwood dries easily. Illingworth Ingham (M/cr) supply kiln dried stock.

Preservative Treatment – The heartwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment, sapwood is permeable.

Working Properties

Sawing – Good

Planing – Excellent

Drilling – Good

Boring – Good

Turning – Good

Carving – Good

Moulding – Excellent

Nailing – Good

Screwing – Good

Gluing – Good

Steam Bending – Medium steam bending classification.


It takes and holds paint, enamel and stain exceptionally well.

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American Poplar Tulipwood Furniture
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