Soft textured light wood of poplar, used in furniture confined to plywood cores. The term Cottonwood in furniture refers to a type of wood that comes from the Populus genus of trees, specifically the cottonwood tree. Cottonwood is a lightweight and relatively soft wood frequently used in furniture making. It has a pale yellow to white color and a straight grain that can sometimes have knots. Cottonwood is commonly utilized in the construction of indoor furniture, such as cabinets, drawers, and panels. However, due to its softness, it may not be as durable as other hardwoods and is more prone to dents and scratches.