American Yellow Poplar, also known as Tulipwood, is a versatile and cost-effective hardwood used widely in furniture, cabinetry, interior trim and other woodworking projects. Its strengths lie in its workability, finish quality, and affordability, making it a preferred choice for both professional woodworkers and hobbyists. Its widespread availability and sustainable sourcing further enhance its appeal as a practical and economical timber.

Typical applications Cabinetry, cupboards and furniture making
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Tulipwood American Yellow Poplar, 2 samples

Tulipwood is valued for its workability, smooth texture, and ability to take finishes well. It features a light, creamy colour that can vary with greenish hues, which tend to darken over time. While it is not the hardest or most durable wood, its stability and affordability make it an excellent choice for a wide range of interior applications where wear resistance and natural decay resistance are not primary concerns.

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Lightweight yet strong, making it suitable for both structural and decorative purposes.

Working qualities

Tulipwood typically has a straight, uniform grain, with a medium texture and low natural lustre.
The timber is easy to machine, carve, turn, and sand. It holds nails, screws, and glue well.
It accepts paint, stain and finishes evenly, making it versatile for various aesthetic needs.

Botanical name

Liriodendron tulipifera


Tulipwood refers to the wood from the Yellow Poplar tree native to the Eastern United States. The flowers of this tree look similar to tulips, hence the name.

For further details on our Tulipwood (American Yellow Poplar), please contact us on 020 8858 6441.