Heartwood is light cream to yellowish brown with occasional streaks of grey or green.  Sapwood is pale yellow to white, not always clearly demarcated from heartwood.  Can also be seen in mineral stained colours ranging from dark purple to red, green, or yellow.  Colours tend to darken upon exposure to light.

Grain is typically a straight, uniform grain with a medium texture.  Low natural lustre.

Very easy to work in almost all regards; one of poplar’s only downsides is its softness.  Poplar can sometimes leave fuzzy surfaces and edges:  especially during shaping or sanding.  Sanding with finer grits of sandpaper may be necessary to obtain a smooth surface.

Poplar is a utility wood in nearly every sense.  It is used for pallets, crates and upholstered furniture frames.