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RE: Tulip Wood7/29
Can tulip wood be used for outside wood or fence posts?
What other woods are used for fence posts?
Is tulip also called gum in the Northeast?
Tulip poplar is an east coast tree. The wood rots with alacrity.
It can be used for fence posts, which might last a year.
As for what Y*nkees call Tulip poplar - who knows, who cares - they are stupid and probably can't tell their gum from a hole in the ground.
But there are sweetgum trees around here in the southeast - liquidambar styraciflua.
Get to know your trees - if you are going to work with wood, learn what you are working with.
What Sam I am meant to say if he wasn't so full of himself, is that Tuliptree, also known as yellow poplar and tulip poplar, isn't durable, i.e. not much decay resistance. Best bet for fenceposts - Osage orange, also known as hedge-orange, or "bowdart" if you live where they do. Next best, and still pretty good, is black locust. Chestnut used to be a favorite, of course. Everything else pretty much second best after that. Treated SYP posts probably the way to go if hedge or locust not available.
Osage orange is also known as bois d'arc. Sometimes called "bodark". No one who knows trees calls it "bodart".
Black locust is also an excellent choice.
Don't forget eastern red cedar it makes great fence post and no tulip poplar is not known as gum.
Hahaha, I got kind of a kick out of the responses.
Just a comment from the Missouri Ozarks. The settlers used tulip poplar quite a bit in barns. It withstood rot better than white oak or red oak, the two other woods used the most. But, there was a big difference. Tulip poplar heartwood is surprisingly rot resistant. Tulip poplar sapwood rots really quickly. The old growth tulip had a narrow sapwood band that they sawed off when milling. Today's tulip poplar is grown quickly and has lots of sapwood. Avoid tulip poplar for any applications where it gets wet.