Tulip poplar is widespread throughout the Eastern U.S, growing up to eight feet in diameter and upwards of 150 feet tall. The wood has a medium-to-fine texture and is straight-grained. The sapwood is creamy white and may be streaked, while the heartwood varies from pale yellowish-brown to olive green. The green color in the heartwood will tend to darken on exposure to light and turn brown. When turned, the straight grain yields concentric circles and the contrast between the creamy sapwood and darker heartwood, enhances the beauty of each piece.