Poplar trees are part of the Salicaceae family. * Due to its high tannic acid content, the bark has been used in Europe for tanning leather. Common wall construction on new homes, especially in North America consist of a 2 foot x 4 foot or 2 foot by 6 foot frame skinned in exterior-grade plywood sheathing. Tall, graceful poplar trees have both decorative and practical uses. English physician and apothecary Nicholas Culpeper (1616 - 1654) in his book "Complete Herbal" The Mona Lisa was painted on a poplar base, for example. Uses of white poplar. Exterior Wall Sheathing. The wood is relatively fire resistant and was often used for flooring when paraffin lamps were still in use. wood for bean sticks, thatching spars, scaffolding poles and fruit baskets. Poplar is used for cough, hemorrhoids, wound healing, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any use. Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. No other species can match yellow poplar's variety of uses. * Poplar wood, particularly when seasoned, makes a good hearth for a bow drill. Young shoots (which do not split easily) were used in Victorian times as clothes pegs. The loppings of the poplar burn slowly, and thus they are superior to Elm and many other trees for the heating of ovens. Today, the wood remains just as versatile. The subfamily, or genus, Populus encompasses poplar, aspen and cottonwood trees. The Greek physician and botanist Dioscorides wrote as this tree was important for the treatment of gout. It becomes construction lumber; moldings, plywood cores, drawer sides, matches, piano and organ actions, containers, paper, woodenware, furniture parts, and even caskets. Here’s just a few examples of how plywood is used and why it is such an excellent choice of material for such uses: 1. White poplar trees are planted as a wind break, particularly on the coast as they can grow in coastal sand and tolerate ocean winds. Poplar should be affordably priced, especially in the Eastern United States where it naturally grows. Suckers grow from the tree’s base which initially give good ground cover and eventually create a dense thicket of trees. PROPERTIES OF POPLAR TRADITIONAL USES The use of poplar for its medicinal properties is not new.