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    Default Aspen vs Poplar

    What passes for Poplar in North America comes from the Tuliptree, a different species. Aspen is a true poplar, though the wood isn't used much for woodworking. A & M woods sells it in only the 1 inch size. Wouldn't it be nice if lumber was named after the tree it came from?
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    Default Re: B is for Basswood

    Quote Originally Posted by Jayked View Post
    What passes for Poplar in North America comes from the Tuliptree, a different species.
    Hmmm , interesting ... I've always called the "trembling aspen" a Poplar, and so does almost everyone I know ... I've always thought of the Tulip Poplar as a flowering tree, something like a Magnolia, and I've always thought it was more of a southern tree, primarily found in the USA.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Populus_tremuloides

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    Default Re: B is for Basswood

    I use plenty of Poplar and the Aspen I buy out here definitely ain't the same as the poplar I use!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty View Post
    I use plenty of Poplar and the Aspen I buy out here definitely ain't the same as the poplar I use!!
    Regional differences?

    I'd love to know more about tree species and how they vary from one region in Canada to another, but I have yet to find a good comprehensive resource for this sort of information.

    Here's what the Province of Ontario says about "Trembling Aspen" - the tree that we call Poplar.

    http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business...ge/267337.html

    How does this compare to what you see in Alberta?

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    Default Re: B is for Basswood

    I dunno. For the longest time I hadn't seen any Aspen around here at all. Now it shows up in unfinished moldings that are basically paint grade cause they blotch like hell with stain. I dunno where they come from but I can tell you it is clear and long, and nowhere near as hard as the Poplar I buy. It looks like washed out Pine and is about the same softness but fuzzy or furry on the surface.

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    Default Re: B is for Basswood

    Quote Originally Posted by John Bartley View Post
    Regional differences?

    I'd love to know more about tree species and how they vary from one region in Canada to another, but I have yet to find a good comprehensive resource for this sort of information.

    Here's what the Province of Ontario says about "Trembling Aspen" - the tree that we call Poplar.

    http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business...ge/267337.html

    How does this compare to what you see in Alberta?

    cheers

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    Same tree John,

    Alberta has two primary poplars - Aspen poplar (Populus tremuloides) and balsam poplar ((Populus balsamifera). The Aspen poplar is everywhere showering the countryside and city scapes with reproductive fluff every spring.

    Don

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    Default Re: B is for Basswood

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Burch View Post
    Same tree John,

    Alberta has two primary poplars - Aspen poplar (Populus tremuloides) and balsam poplar ((Populus balsamifera). The Aspen poplar is everywhere showering the countryside and city scapes with reproductive fluff every spring.

    Don
    Hi Don,

    Thank you for this information. It matches up with what I thought I knew. We also suffer from the flower fallout here in Ontario.

    cheers

    John

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