Tuliptree, Tulipwood, American Whitewood, Yellow Poplar
Southeast region of the USA, planted and cultivated in other countries.
Sliced and peeled veneer, used almost exclusively for interior surfaces. In Southern Europe also used to some extent as veneer for lower priced, mass-produced furniture.
The heartwood varies from light yellow to reddish brown and darkens very quickly in the air. Tuliptree is a light-weight, soft wood and very liable to insect attack. The bark is used for medical purposes.
Tuliptree can be machined well and easily with all tools. Planed surfaces have a mat gloss finish. Well-sharpened tools prevent the surface from becoming slightly woolly.
Drying is easy and quick without any risk of checking and warping. As a general rule no inner tension develops.
Tuliptree can be treated with all the usual surface finishes without any problems. Mat gloss varnishes are best to high-light the wood character.
Glue provides good adhesion. Screws and nails achieve normal tightening torques.