Balsam Poplar Lumber
Sustainable Balsam Lumber from the Menominee Forest
Balsam poplar is a soft wood, perfect for working by machine or hand. It’s lightweight and perfect for manufacturing. Its flexibility and affordability make it a popular choice for a variety of products:
- Pulp for the paper industry
- Indoor furniture
Like balsam fir, the balsam poplar tree is native to North America and Canada, and is plentiful in Wisconsin’s Menominee Forest. The experts at MTE Millwork harvest Balsam poplar from the Menominee, using forest planning to keep the balsam poplar population at a healthy level. This allows MTE to contribute sustainably to the lumber industry, keeping our forest alive and well, and our clients happy.
Characteristics of Balsam Poplar Wood
Balsam Poplar is a famously light, malleable wood. Its sapwood is nearly white in appearance, while its heartwood is greyish white to greyish brown, often with reddish brown undertones. Its grain is generally straight, but is occasionally prone to spiral or interlocked-grain features. In comparison, it has a pleasantly uniform texture.