Of this tree there are several species common in England. The black and the common white poplar are the most esteemed. The Lombardy poplar is inferior.

Appearance

The colour of the wood is a yellowish or brownish white. The annual rings are a little darker on one side than the other, and therefore distinct. They are of uniform texture, and without large medullary rays.

Characteristics

The wood is light and soft, easily worked and carved, only indented, not splintered, by a blow.

It should be well seasoned for two years before use. When kept dry it is tolerably durable, and not liable to swell or shrink.

Uses

The wood not being easily splintered is used for the sides of carts and barrows, for large light barn doors, for packing-cases, floors, etc.