Poplar is one of the most often found hardwoods in North American forests. Found growing throughout the eastern United States and is one of the top hardwood lumber products produced in terms of footage.
With its wide availability, Poplar has found use in a variety of applications. These are the most common applications that we have found our customers use Poplar lumber for.
- Furniture – Poplar has always been used as a material for upholstered lumber. It is not usually used in fine furniture because of its color variation but it is great for framing and support.
- Mouldings & Trim - Poplar is often used for ceiling molding and trim. It is known to be stable and takes paint and stain very well. It is also regularly found in longer lengths, (12’,14’ & 16’), since its logs can be harvested in longer increments which makes it ideal for this type of application.
- Picture Frames – Over the years poplar has grown in popularity in the manufacturing of picture frames and this continues to be a common use.
- Cabinets – With today’s design trends leaning towards painted cabinetry we find the use of poplar in cabinets to be growing. Poplar is known to be a durable species and machines well to create cabinets in many shapes and sizes.
- Pallets, boxes and crates – Due to its relatively modest price point, poplar is a great choice for industrial type uses. We see poplar being used in many utility type applications such as these.
One thing that customers seem to keep in mind when looking for Poplar lumber is the variation in color throughout the heartwood. Poplar’s heartwood color ranges from light brown to a dark green or black. While it does not impact Poplars working properties, the range in color often means that customers opt for color sorts such as SAP/1F for color consistency throughout their Poplar lumber.
Poplar is often referred to as American tulipwood or just tulipwood in many international markets and is regularly one of the top exported species. It is also known to be a substitute for magnolia, cottonwood, and aspen in many manufacturing applications.
At American Lumber, we produce Poplar lumber almost all of our sawmills. We stock inventories in all thicknesses and grades. If you have thought of using Poplar in your manufacturing and have any questions or would like to give Poplar a try, let us know. We are always happy to help.