Whitewood wood - balanced properties

Whitewood is one of those woods that is especially popular for its balanced, good overall characteristics, especially for indoor use. What features Whitewood brings, where to use it, and what it costs in the trade, you will learn in detail in this post.

Technical values

Reading Descriptionvalue
densityapprox. 0.71 g / cm³ (dry approx. 440 kg / m³)
Compressive strengthapprox. 38 N / mm²
flexural strengthabout 70 N / mm²

Other names and DIN designation

Whitewood is known and widely used by many other names. The two most important alternative names are Tulipier or Tulip Poplar (as the tree belongs to the magnolia trees) and Yellow Poplar (yellow poplar). On the other hand, the term "tulip tree" is rarely heard.

American local terms

In the US, Whitewood is sometimes referred to as Canary Wood or Canoe Tree Wood. What is referred to as "white poplar", however, is exclusively the sapwood of this tree. "Calico Poplar" refers to a fielded or striped quality of the wood.

possible confusion

In the international field, one should always use the term "American Whitewood", since "Whitewood" in English-speaking countries is often considered a collective name for a whole group of conifers (spruce and fir wood).

DIN abbreviation

The abbreviation for Whitewood in the DIN is according to the botanical name LITL.



Whitewood has no clearly identifiable, structurally delimited heartwood; it only differs from the sapwood in its color. The pores are very fine and no longer visible to the naked eye, the rays of wood just barely see. The grain is mostly straight at Whitewood.


The heartwood is greenish-yellow and very light, later darkened but olive after. If the wood is exposed only slightly to the light, the light color is retained longer. The sapwood is almost white.


Whitewood is relatively lightweight and has low strength. It is very easy to work with all tools, it can also plan well and is also suitable for veneer production.

Shrinkage and drying

Whitewood shrinks only slightly, except at the beginning of drying. The drying itself is quick and easy.


Whitewood has little resistance outdoors and is not resistant to fungal and insect attack. The main use is therefore limited to protected indoor areas.


In principle, Whitewood can be used wherever no strong mechanical loads are to be expected. This is mainly in the interior, also as blind wood. Veneers are popular. In some cases it is also used for musical instruments and packaging.


Whitewood comes mainly from the eastern parts of the US and parts of Canada. To a lesser extent, it is also cultivated in Europe.


Whitewood is usually found in the timber trade as sawn timber for around 700 - 900 EUR per m³. In our latitudes, it is often not offered as Whitewood, but especially as Tulipier or Yellow Poplar.

Here you will find an overview of the most important types of wood worldwide. An overview of the most important tropical wood species, such as Angelique, can be found here.

Tips & Tricks

Also with the designation "Tulip Wood" you must be careful, since it is also common for some tropical woods. This can easily lead to conceptual confusion.

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