Tulipwood (Dalbergia decipularis) is originally from South America, from a very specific area of ​​Brazil. It has a really striking appearance, with a interesting marbling and color scheme.

It is also a scarce wood. Not only because its population occupies a relatively small area, but also because it is a small tree, practically a shrub. Therefore, its use is largely limited to small works or decorative elements.

It is often confused with what is known as American Tulipwood (Liriodendron tulipifera), also called poplar, tulipier or tulipifero. These have no great similarities beyond the name.

Features of tulip wood

Color: It presents a curious variety of shades, among which stand out: yellow, red, orange and pink.

Fiber: In a straight line.

Grain: Small open pore

Density: It is a very heavy wood, around 970 kg / m3 at 12% humidity.

Toughness: –

Durability: Not resistant to moisture. Although on the other hand are insects.

Dimensional stability:

  • Volumetric contraction coefficient: –

Mechanical properties:

  • Compressive strength: – kg / cm2
  • Resistance to static bending: – kg / cm2
  • Modulus of elasticity: – kg / cm2

Workability: It is not particularly easy to work with, due to its high density

  • Sawn. Problems derived from its great hardness and density.
  • Drying.
  • Brushed. Problems derived from its hardness and density.
  • Glued. Problems arising from the large amount of resin it produces.
  • Nailed and screwed. Requires knockouts.
  • Finish. Problems arising from the large amount of resin it produces.

Price: The price of the tulip is quite high due to its scarcity. Although it is not an endangered species, there are mentions to control its exploitation.


Main Uses

  • Manufacture of sheet metal.
  • Small turned.
  • High quality furniture.
  • Marquetry.
  • Musical instruments, especially percussion.
  • Embedded in furniture where other woods predominate.