Trade names: Tulipier, American Whitewood
Range: Southeast region of the USA, planted and cultivated in other countries.
Uses: Sliced and peeled veneer, used almost exclusively for interior surfaces. In Southern Europe also used to some extent as veneer for mass-produced furniture.
Character: The heartwood of the tuliptree can varies from light yellow to reddish brown and darkens very quickly in the air. Tulipier is a light-weight and soft wood. Also relevant ist, that the bark is used for medical purposes. The tuliptree can grow up to 60 meters tall and the trunk has a diameter of 1.5 meters. The oldest tree from the original distribution area is in Queens. It is at the 450 years old and has a diameter of 2 meters at a height of 41 meters. The gray, brown or brown-orange bark is covered with fine, flat groins in a netting-like manner. Young trees give up to 3.6 kg of nectar per season, which corresponds to about 1.8 kg of honey.
Particularities: The American Whitewood is very closely related to Magnolia. It is an example of wood species, which are not due to a particular characteristic, but through the combination of balanced and use-relevant properties occupy a special status. You can use the white sapwood as well the partly differently colored heartwood.