Poplar Planed Timber

Our poplar planed timber is sourced from sustainable forests approved by both the FSC and PEFC, and we make sure that each piece we choose is of the highest quality. In addition to providing premium poplar planed timber, we can deliver it precisely made to measure when you order using our cutting calculator.

For poplar timber tailor made to your own specifications, simply enter the desired measurements and machining method, and we’ll cut each piece to those exact requirements in our own state of the art mill and machine shop.

There is no minimum order rate, and each order will be delivered within just 5-10 working days.

The Advantages of Poplar Planed Timber

Part of our American Hardwoods range, poplar timber – or ‘tulipwood’ – is sourced from the Eastern United States, and enjoys a subtle texture and mellow cream to light green colouring which is often picked out with purple and black, making it a popular choice for kitchen furnishings, profiles, and mouldings. We stock thicknesses of 25mm, 32mm, 38mm, 51mm, 76mm, and 100mm, with lengths mainly available between 2.1m and 4.8m.

The advantages of poplar planed timber are usually associated with its low density and stiffness.

This is an extremely versatile wood which is very easy to work and turn, and is great for nailing, screwing and gluing. It also handles paint, stains and enamels without issue, and dries quickly and easily. However, the advantages of poplar planed timber also mean that it is not as strong as other woods, and is only moderately suited to steam bending. It is also non-resistant to decay, while the sapwood is permeable, and the heartwood is resistant to preservation treatment.


What is American Poplar / Tulipwood?

American Poplar / Tulipwood timber comes from various Eastern States of America. It is often used for kitchen furniture carcasses as it is kiln dried to between about 8-12% av.m.c. and is stable for profiles and mouldings. It has a soft texture and is predominantly pale cream to light green in colour, and often within each board there will be vivid purple and black colouring. This is not a defect, but should be considered when finishing. Thicknesses: 25mm, 32mm, 38mm, 51mm, 76mm, 100mm and sizes are generally random 125mm - 300mm with lengths mainly 2.1m - 4.8m.

Latin name Liriodendron tulipifera

Also known as American yellow poplar (UK), American whitewood, tulip tree (UK and USA), canary wood (UK), canary whitewood (UK)

Introduction Note: the recommended name for this timber in the UK is American yellow poplar. There are other, unrelated species which are also called tulipwood.

Environmental Not listed in CITES. Available from well-managed sources.

American Poplar / Tulipwood Distribution Eastern USA and Canada.


American Poplar / Tulipwood Properties

The Tree A large tree attaining a height of 37m or more, and a diameter of 2m or more.

The Timber The sapwood is white, and in second-growth trees, very wide; the heartwood is variable in colour, ranging from olive green to yellow or brown, and may be streaked with steel-blue. The annual growth terminates in a white band of parenchyma giving a subdued figure to longitudinal surfaces. The wood is' straight-grained. fine-textured, fairly soft and light in weight about 510 kg/m³ when dried

Drying Dries easily and well, with little degrade

Strength Similar to idigbo (Terminalia ivorensis) in general strength properties.

Working Qualities Good - Easy to work, and finishes to a fine, smooth surface Takes nails without tending to split, glues well, can be stained polished or painted, and holds hard enamel finishes excellently

Durability Slightly durable. Non-resistant to decay. Heartwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment, sapwood is permeable.

Moisture Movement Medium

Physical Properties Low bending, shock resistance, stiffness and compression properties. Medium steam bending.

American Poplar / Tulipwood Density (mean, Kg/m³) 510

Texture Fine


Working with American Poplar / Tulipwood

American Poplar / Tulipwood Use(s) Joinery - Interior, Furniture, Light construction, Kitchen cabinets, Doors, Paneling, Mouldings, Edge-glued panels, Plywood, Turning and carving.

American Poplar / Tulipwood Colour(s) Yellow brown

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