A term describing broadleaf trees such as oaks, maples, ashes, and elms. The term does not necessarily refer to the hardness of the wood. Leaves are usually deciduous, but may be persistent on some species such as American holly.
Trees with leaves and uneven branching patterns that tend to have long growing cycles (some common North American species include oak, ash, elm, beech, hickory, maple, cherry, poplar and cypress).
Generally one of the botanical groups of trees that have broad leaves (deciduous), in contrast to the conifers or softwoods. Also refers to the wood produced by such trees. The term has no reference to the actual hardness of the wood.