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.

Poplar is excellent for construction, cabinets, doors, furniture, moulding, musical instruments, and paneling. It is also used for wood turning and wood carving. This is due to the fact that is easy to machine, finishes very well, and is easy to screw and glue.