American tulipwood

Commercially American tulipwood is one of the most prolific hardwood species from the U.S. hardwood forests and is unique to North America, having been eliminated in Europe by the last ice age.

Latin Name

Liriodendron tulipifera

Other Common Names

yellow poplar, tulip poplar, canary whitewood; not to be confused with European or Chinese poplar


Tulipwood trees grow exclusively in North America and are widely distributed throughout most of the eastern United States in mixed hardwood forests.  It is a single species and is not a poplar (Populus) being a Magnoliacae producing wood that is superior to the many poplar species. The trees are huge and identified by their tulip-like flowers giving rise to the name. Tulipwood grows from north to south and is one of the most sustainable hardwoods in the USA.


FIA data shows U.S. tulipwood growing stock is 1.12 billion m3, 7.7% of total U.S. hardwood growing stock. American tulipwood is growing 34.6 million m3 per year while the harvest is 12.8 million m3 per year. The net volume (after harvest) is increasing 21.8 million m3 each year. U.S. tulipwood growth exceeds harvest in all states.

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