Tulipwood, American / Poplar
Also known as: Poplar, Tulip Tree, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar, American Whitewood, Magnolia
Botanical Name: Liriodendron tulipifera
Description: These are the tallest growing hardwood trees in North America and there are three distinct types of veneer produced from them, all of which have their uses. Larger, older trees yield veneer with a creamy white sapwood and a heart that is light olive-green when fresh, darkening to a yellowish brown. This heartwood is sometimes streaked in places with olive brown or violet markings. Secondly there is the all white material, generally not as wide, but with a pleasing satiny lustre. The annual rings on some logs show as pale brown lines which stand out against the lighter background. Tulip is often used for the interior of cabinets and is a good choice for painting. Also produced is “Magnolia Burr” and cluster veneer which is occasionally obtained from some older trees that may develop a burr growth with a large area of green heartwood.