The tulipier is a light wood with differentiated heart of very variable color going from the olive yellow with grayish areas to the charged olive green, in any case it tends to darken quickly after cutting.

Sometimes it has blue or purple patches that disappear due to oxidation. Medium texture and generally straight grain.

Technologic properties

The tulipier is characterized by a medium to high shrinkage wood. It is weak compared to flexural and yielding strength. The durability to the mushrooms and the non-resistance to the xilophagous insects is compensated by the easy impregnability.

All machining operations are easy and the planed and polished surfaces have a matte finish; tinting and painting are carried out with great ease.


The excellent workability characteristics and the valuable results obtainable from the finishing processes make this wood ideal for the production of moldings, frames and internal parts of furniture.

Special uses for cigar boxes, turneries and carving.

Frequently dyed for the imitation of other finer woods especially Cherry and Walnut.

Typical defects

It stains very easily, tends to deform.

Technical details of the tulipier

Family American Hardwood
Scientific name Liriodendron tulipifera L.
Other names Yellow poplar, Tulip poplar, American tulipwood (Usa);Tulipier (F); Canary whitewood, Tulip tree(GB); Albero dei tulipani (I)
Geographic origin North America, especially in the eastern zone, with the exception of Florida
Medium Specific Weight Fresh 620 kg/m3
Dried 480 kg/m3
Sawing Easy
Drying Easy if slow
Planing Carefully
Glueing Easy
Nailing and screwing Easy

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