Native to the Eastern United States, the poplar’s 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.
Poplar can also be found in mineral stained colors ranging from dark purple to red, green, or yellow, sometimes referred to as Rainbow Poplar. Colors tend to darken upon exposure to light.
The common names for this wood are Poplar, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar. The
scientific name is Liriodendron tulipifera. It rates 540 lbf (2,400 N) on the Janka Hardness Scale.
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