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Poplar

Sapwood is creamy white and may be streaked. Heartwood may vary from pale yellowish brown to olive green. On exposure to light, the green colour in the heartwood will tend to darken to a brown. Medium to fine texture is straight grained and has a comparatively uniform texture.

Thicknesses

Subject to availability

4/4
5/4
6/4
7/4
8/4
9/4
10/4
12/4
16/4
20/4
1/2"
3/4"
1"

Distribution

Eastern United States

Scientific Name

Liriodendron tulipifera

Specific Gravity: Basic

0.4

Specific Gravity: 12% MC

0.46

Janka Hardness

540

Colour/Appearance

Heartwood is light cream to yellowish brown, with occasional streaks of gray or green. Sapwood is pale yellow to white, not always clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Can also be seen in mineral stained colours ranging from dark purple to red, green, or yellow, sometimes referred to as Rainbow Poplar. Colours tend to darken upon exposure to light.

Grain/Texture

Poplar typically has a straight, uniform grain, with a medium texture. Low natural luster.

Endgrain

Diffuse-porous; small pores in no specific arrangement; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; tyloses occasionally present; growth rings distinct due to marginal parenchyma and noded rays; rays not visible without lens; parenchyma banded (marginal).

Rot Resistance

Heartwood is rated as being moderately durable to non-durable; susceptible to insect attack.

Workability

Very easy to work in almost all regards, one of Poplar's only downsides is its softness. Due to its low density, Poplar can sometimes leave fuzzy surfaces and edges: especially during shaping or sanding. Sanding to finer grits of sandpaper may be necessary to obtain a smooth surface.

Odor

No characteristic odor.

Allergies/Toxicity

Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Poplar has been reported as an irritant; usually most common reactions simply include eye, skin, and respiratory irritation, as well as asthma-like symptoms.

Pricing/Availability

Among the most economical and inexpensive of all domestic hardwoods. Poplar should be affordably priced, especially in the Eastern United States where it naturally grows.

Sustainability

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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