Poplar is a genus that contains the aspens and Cottonwoods. Poplar is sometimes referred to as popple.
Poplar usually refers to the Lombardi poplar or a hybrid poplar that has a slightly more spreading characteristic than the Lombardi variety. These trees grow quickly.
Poplar wood can vary from one variety and species to another, but generally is a very soft wood. It ranges from white (sapwood) to light brown to golden yellow in color. Because of its typical light (white) color, it lends itself to dying in different colors.