Yellow Poplar

Liriodendron tulipifera. Yellow Poplar grows widely in large quantities across the eastern United States. Therefore, it is widely used for a great variety of products and applications. The sapwood of Yellow Poplar ranges from light yellow to white, the heartwood varies in contrast with color ranging from tan to light brown and even greenish brown. Poplar has an even but diffuse grain pattern. It is extremely stable, relatively stiff, and rather lightweight.

Poplar is widely known for its ease in manufacturing and moulding, stability after manufacturing, and for the fact that it stains, paints, and finishes extremely well. It is regularly sold in the rough cut form. It can also be surfaced, (S2S), or straight-line-ripped, (SLR2E), upon request.

Use: Furniture and furniture parts, mouldings, picture frames, cabinets and window frames
(especially when painted).

Availability: Widely available in thicknesses 4/4 through 10/4,
limited availability 16/4 and thicker.

Yellow Poplar Hardwood Lumber Pricing: As a species, Yellow Poplar lumber is considered to have a low to moderate hardwood lumber price point. For a quote email us at

Relative Working Properties:
Machining Resistance to
Splitting in Nailing
Resistance to
Splitting in Screwing
Very Good Excellent Good Excellent
Physical Properties:
Specific Gravity (12% M.C.) Average Shipping Weight kilograms (kg) per cubic metre (m3) Air Dry Average Volumetric Shrinkage (oven dry % of Green) Modulus of Rupture (Kilopascals) Modulus of Elasticity (Megapascals) Side Hardness (Newtons)
0.42 488 12.7 70,000 10,900 2,400


North American Species