||Poplar heartwood is usually creamy-white to gray in color, sometimes pale brown or pinkish-brown. Grain is straight and can be woolly. Texture is fine and even.
Weight ranges from 23lbs to 33lbs per cu .ft.
| OTHER NAMES
||Robusta, Finnish Aspen, Swedish Aspen, French Aspen, Cucumber
||Very low stiffness and resistance to shock loads. Low bending strength and medium crush strength. Poor steam bending characteristics.
||Slight blunting effect on cutters. Very sharp, thin cutters are required to overcome the woolly texture and produce a good finish. Nailing and screwing are satisfactory. Takes stain poorly, usually produces blotchy results. Takes paint, varnish and polish satisfactorily.
||Poplar is perishable and susceptible to insect attack. Heartwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment. Sapwood is permeable.
||Dries rapidly, but knots are inclined to split. Medium movement.
||Due to tough, woolly, non-splintering nature, it is suitable for rough usage such as the bottoms of wagons and carts. Also used in furniture framing, drawers, toys, flooring, boxes and crates, veneers and plywood.
||Several subspecies: P. Nigra, P. Canadensis, P. robusta, P. Tremula