Yellow poplar is wide-spread throughout the eastern U.S. and makes up 17% of the commercially available hardwoods in the United States. Yellow poplar trees reach heights of 100 to 150 feet, growing taller than any other U.S. hardwood species. The sapwood is a creamy white while the heartwood ranges from yellow-brown to olive-green.


Yellow poplar is medium textured and straight grained. It has a medium density, machines and glues well. It takes a variety of finishes.

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Yellow poplar is used in furniture, doors, millwork, baskets and picture frames.

Other Uses

The shiny leaves, unique flower, and statuesque appearance of yellow poplar make it a beautiful ornamental tree for parks and gardens.

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