SKU: WL-Poplar.
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Poplar’s subtle grain can be stained to make for a graceful surface for high-end interiors, and bring a sense of warmth and richness similar to Cherry wood.  It is one of the most used hardwoods in the United States, and can be used for cabinets, floors, walls, and millwork.  Our Poplar is sourced from sustainable forests in the U.S., where we know the farmer or harvester.  We hand select all lumber to provide the best surfaces for luxurious interiors.  This is an elegant wood that when used correctly can add a lot of character without breaking the bank.

Poplar is an inexpensive utility hardwood that works great for a number of applications.  It is one of the most common hardwoods in the U.S.. Poplar refers to a specific wood species called Liriodendron tulipifera, which is actually from the Magnoliaceae family, and not in the true Populus genus (the genus that includes Aspen and Cottonwood).   These trees grow very large, and furnish wide, clear lumber.  The flowers of the tree look similar to tulips, hence its other common name "Tulip Poplar."  Additionally, it can be called yellow poplar or American tulipwood.

Poplar is straight-grained, yellowish-tan wood that is soft and lightweight.  It has a lighter color, but can often show mineral streaking and staining that adds character, and draws in darker colors from dark purple to red and green.  Staining poplar is a very inexpensive way to get the look of Cherry wood.  You can use different cuts of the wood, including quartersawn and flat, to get the a very sophisticated interior surface material.  Poplar can be used for kitchens, bathrooms, interior flooring and walls, trim and millwork, and veneers.

We hand select and carefully organize lumber and panels for specific projects.  Because wood is a product of nature, no two pieces  are alike.  Poplar grown in different locations can result in wildly different looks.  Please stop by or order a sample to confirm the look you want.  When the right boards are chosen, and combined in the right way, Poplar can be an elegant wood for interior surfaces at a fraction of the price of other hardwoods.




Wood Type



Cabinets, Interior Floor, Interior Wall

Wood Color

Light Brown, Olive/Green, White/Straw, Yellow/Gold

Wood Finish

Gloss, Matte

Wood Grain


Wood Hardness

<1,000 lbf

Wood Decay Resistance

Moderately Durable, Non-Durable

bring your HOME to life with unique surfaces:

The finish materials you use for the surfaces around your home can become some of the most important focal points in your home.  Using a carefully selected wood for interior floors, cabinets, and other surfaces can add a unique tactile effect that exudes beauty and luxury.  Take advantage of our carefully curated wood options to bring your home to a new standard.


Poplar wood can be used for cabinets, interior flooring, interior paneling, veneer, and millwork.

Color Range

Poplar heartwood is light yellowing brown to light cream.  Poplar sapwood is white to pale yellow.  Both woods are so light there is often no visual difference between the two.  Poplar can see mineral stains in colors from olive green, to red and dark purple (if so, this wood is called rainbow poplar).  All poplar wood darkens with exposure to light.

Poplar wood is often stained darker.  When it has been stained, it is very hard to tell it apart from Cherry.

Poplar will exhibit moderate color variation from board to board.

Grain & Visual Pattern:

Poplar has a straight, uniform grain.  The visual grain pattern changes based on the type of cut, but it generally has a medium texture and low natural luster.

Texture and Finish:

Poplar is a smooth wood with a medium texture.  Because it is soft, light, and not dense, it is best to finish the wood with a smooth sand.

Poplar can be stained darker, and often resembles Cherry when done so.   Stain results in a traditional dark reddish color.  Poplar’s grain can be displayed with a simple matte or gloss finish.


This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

We believe when the building industry sources and manufactures building materials with sustainability in mind, we all live in a healthier world.  Therefore, we source our Poplar wood from trees cultivated in the United States by environmentally responsible harvesters.


Poplar is very easy to work with because it is soft and lightweight.  In fact, one of its only downsides is its softness.  Due to its low density, Poplar can have fuzzy edges, so it is best to sand very smooth.

Decay Resistance:

Poplar heartwood is rated as moderately durable to non-durable.  It holds up very well over time when manufactured properly and used indoors.

U.S. Measurement
International measurement
Janka Hardness: 540 lbf 2,400 N
Average Dried Weight: 29 lb/ft³ 455 kg/m³
Modulus of Rupture: 10,100 lbf/in² 69.7 MPa
Elastic Modulus: 1,580,000 lbf/in² 10.90 GPa
Crushing Strength: 5,540 lbf/in² 38.2 MPa
Density: 22-31 lb/ft³ 350-500 kg/m³
Shrinkage: Radial: 4.6%; Tangental: 8.2%; Volumetric: 12.7%
83%+ Clear:

We start with Select & Better graded lumber that is at least 83% clear on one side.

Kiln dried:

All of our wood is kiln dried and stored in a protected warehouse.

We store our wood as S4S, which stands for “surfaced on 4 sides.”  The boards have two flat and parallel faces and two flat and parallel edges.  The boards are first surfaced on both faces (S2S) with a planer, and receive a rip on both edges.

BULK Commercial Pricing

Because we have become known for our unique material selection, we do sell wood slabs to third parties.  If you are working on a large project and in need of large amounts or slabs, we can offer great pricing for bulk orders.  We can also finish the wood for your project.  However, our wood is hand selected for superior appearance and performance, so contact us to confirm availability and to receive a quote.

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