Common Name(s): White Poplar, Silver Poplar
Scientific Name: Populus alba
Distribution: From southern/central Europe to central Asia
Tree Size: 50-80 ft (15-25 m) tall, 2-3 ft (.6-1.0 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 28 lbs/ft3 (440 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .36, .44
Janka Hardness: 410 lbf (1,820 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 9,430 lbf/in2 (65.0 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 1,290,000 lbf/in2 (8.90 GPa)
Crushing Strength: No data available
Shrinkage: Radial: 3.2%, Tangential: 5.2%, Volumetric: 8.4%, T/R Ratio:
Color/Appearance: No data available.
Grain/Texture: No data available.
Endgrain: No data available.
Rot Resistance: No data available.
Workability: No data available.
Odor: No characteristic odor.
Pricing/Availability: No data available.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common Uses: No data available.
Comments: Many Italitan renaissance painters such as Leonard da Vinci painted on wooden panels which were often made of Populus alba.
The leaves of White Poplar are a glossy green on top, and silvery-white underneath, lending to the name Silver-leaf Poplar.
Scans/Pictures: A special thanks to Mike Leigher for providing the wood sample of this wood species.