American Poplar / Tulipwood Timber

Timbersource are a leading online American Poplar / Tulipwood timber merchant in the UK.
Take a look at the benefits of American Poplar / Tulipwood timber and how to order, below.

What is American Poplar / Tulipwood Timber?

American Poplar / Tulipwood Timber comes from various Eastern States of America. 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.

American Poplar / Tulipwood is used for Joinery - Interior, Furniture, Light Construction, Kitchen Cabinets, Doors, Paneling, Mouldings, Edge-glued Panels, Plywood, Turning and Carving and many more. American Poplar / Tulipwood thicknesses: 25mm, 32mm, 38mm, 51mm, 76mm, 100mm and sizes are generally random 125mm - 300mm with lengths mainly 2.1m - 4.8m.



The Tree

Latin name Liriodendron tulipifera.

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

The tree is large 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.


Strength and Durability

American Poplar / Tulipwood is similar to Idigbo in general strength properties. It is slightly durable and non-resistant to decay. The heartwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment and the sapwood is permeable.


Physical Properties

American Poplar / Tulipwood is easy to work with and finishes to a fine, smooth surface. It takes nails without tending to split, glues well and can be stained, polished or painted. 

American Poplar / Tulipwood is low bending, shock resistance, stiffness and compression properties. It is medium in steam bending. 


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Timbersource are a leading online timber merchant in the UK, supplying American Poplar / Tulipwood timber to the joinery, carpentry, construction and building trade at competitive prices. To Contact Us click HERE



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