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, city, United States
Magnolia (măgnōˈlyə), city (1990 pop. 11,151), seat of Columbia co., SW Ark.; inc. 1855. Its oil industry has been important since 1938. Metal products, apparel, chemicals, and lumber are also produced. Southern Arkansas Univ. is there.


, in botany

magnolia, common name for plants of the genus Magnolia, and for the Magnoliaceae, a family of deciduous or evergreen trees and shrubs, often with showy flowers. They are principally of north temperate regions with centers of distribution in Asia and E North America. The magnolia family is considered one of the most primitive groups of angiosperms.

Among the few native American species of the chiefly Asian genus Magnolia are the deciduous umbrella tree (M. tripetala); the cucumber tree (M. acuminata), named for the appearance of its unripe fruits; the evergreen sweet, or swamp, bay (M. virginiana); and the bull bay, or Southern magnolia (M. grandiflora), with enormous blossoms resembling water lilies. Many imported magnolias are also cultivated in the South, as are several species of the Asian genus Michelia.

The only other member of the family native to North America is the tulip tree or tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipfera), named for the tuliplike shape of its greenish-yellow, orange-centered blossoms. The tulip tree, relic of a past geological era when it was widespread throughout North America and Europe, now grows only in the E United States and in China. Its light but strong yellowish softwood, prized for cabinetwork and furniture, is commonly called yellow poplar, canary wood, whitewood, or tulipwood.

The magnolia family is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Magnoliales.

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1. A soft, close-textured durable wood, yellowish in color; used for millwork and veneer.
2. A rose-colored, very hard wood from Brazil; esp. used for inlay work.

yellow poplar, poplar

A moderately low-density, even-textured hardwood of the central and southern US; color varies from white to yellow, tan, or greenish brown; used for veneer, plywood, and lumber core for cabinetwork.
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The soil property models for white oak, northern red oak, and yellow poplar are provided in Table 4.
Yellow poplars and birches provide softer color, and dark-red oaks and dogwoods form a backdrop.
Yellow poplar was found growing in the riparian vegetation of all study sites.
The goals of this study therefore include (i) evaluating the feasibility of obtaining cellulose nanofibers from highly available underutilized logging residues from red oak and yellow poplar; (ii) comparing their changes in chemical composition, morphology, carboxyl content, and thermal and mechanical properties after TEMPO-mediated oxidation; and (iii) evaluating TNFCs feasibility to synthesize metallic copper for further antimicrobial applications.
Yellow poplar had the highest frequency of occurrence, followed by red maple (Acer rubrum), black oak (Quercus velutina), and red oak (Quercus rubra).
Yellow poplar, also known as American white-wood, should not be confused with the softwood whitewood species Picea abies and Picea alba.
We made our chair from yellow poplar. Poplar is lightweight, strong, inexpensive and easy to work with, plus it takes paint beautifully.
The barn bore testimony to the use of local trees for construction, and the beams were wrought from white oak, chestnut, or yellow poplar, while the siding was cut from pine or hemlock.
This decrease in red maple and increase in oaks and yellow-poplar reflects the expected successional progression toward the species composition of the forest before clear-cutting in 1984, which was dominated by oaks, hickories and yellow poplar. Although yellow poplar is an early successional species, it is also an important component of the mature mixed-mesophytic forest (Buckner and McCracken, 1978; Skeen et al., 1980) and comprised 15% of the volume of the second-growth forest at this site before clear-cutting (Overstreet, 1984).
Importance sampling was applied to a set of 336 yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera L.) trees, 97 loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) trees, 39 sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua L.) trees, and 80 slash pine (Pinus elliotii Engelm.) trees.
Three wood species were considered: eastern white pine (Pinus strobus), southern yellow pine (Pinus taeda), and yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera).