The common name “Tulipwood” is often confused with different species. Generally it refers to one of two very different woods:

American Tulipwood

Yellow Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Sometimes referred to as tulip poplar or yellow poplar, or, within the United States, simply as “poplar.” This is a fairly inexpensive and lightweight utility lumber.

 

Brazilian Tulipwood

This species is an endangered species (currently listed on CITES appendix II) and is technically a member of the true rosewood genus (Dalbergia). This is a scarce timber which is both colorful, dense and reserved mainly for decorative and specialty purposes.