The Poplar Family

poplarPoplar, Yellow Poplar

Scientific Name: Liriodendron tulipifera
Location: eastern USA
Dried Weight: 29lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 540lbf
Crushing Strength: 5,540lbf /in2

Poplar has a heartwood that is light cream to yellowish brown in color. The sapwood is a pale yellow to white color. The color will darken with exposure to light. The grain is straight and it has a medium texture. The wood gives off a low natural lustre. The end grain is diffuse-porous. Poplar is rated as moderately durable to non-durable in regard to decay. It is a very easy wood to work with.


balsam-poplar-jnBalsam Poplar

Scientific Name: Populus balsamifera
Location: Canada & northern USA
Dried Weight: 23lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 300lbf
Crushing Strength: 4,020lbf /in2

No data available at this current time


rainbow-poplar-gwRainbow Poplar

The term “Rainbow Poplar” does not refer to a separate wood species, but rather, is a designation of yellow Poplar that has been mineral stained. The resulting mineral stained wood—which, although not necessarily common, is by no means rare or scarce—exhibits a variety of colors ranging from green, purple, black, red, etc. It is this distinct variety of colors that turns an otherwise oridnary piece of Poplar into the intriguing Rainbow Poplar. The precise cause of these streaks and discolored wood produced in certain trees is not fully understood.


white-poplar-gwWhite Poplar

Scientific Name: Populus alba
Location: Southern/Central Europe & Central Asia
Dried Weight: 28lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 410lbf
Crushing Strength: not available

No other data available at this current time.