Wood from trees commonly referred to as conifers or evergreens, classified botanically as Gymnosperm, which in almost all cases do not seasonally shed their foliage. Although generally softer than hardwoods, the degree of hardness does not enter into determining whether a wood is a hardwood or softwood. Softwoods are usually manufactured to standard sizes with a primary end-use in mind as construction lumber. Hardwood lumber is cut to random widths and lengths to maximize the value and yield of the log. Its end use is often undetermined at the time the lumber is cut.
One of the botanical groups of trees that has persistent needlelike or scale like leaves; softwoods are evergreen (only three important native species being deciduous), have longer length fibers than hardwoods, do not contain vessels and have seeds naked; also known as "cone bearers" or "conifers".
Generally one of the botanical groups of trees that have no vessels and in most cases, needlelike or scale-like leaves. Examples include evergreen trees, conifers, cone-bearing trees or wood cut from these trees.
Generally lumber from a conifer such as pine or cedar. The name softwood does not refer to the density of the wood. There are some hardwoods, such as Balsa, which are softer than some softwoods, like Southern Yellow Pine.
Evergreen trees, conifers, cone-bearing trees or wood cut from these trees. Softwood lumber has long been the mainstay of the residential construction industry where it is used in relatively large-sized pieces. Though some of this wood, such as that used for siding, must be of good appearance, most requires only adequate strength. Because of these factors, and because construction requires material of uniform size which can be stockpiled economically (meaning a relatively small number of standard sizes), softwood lumber is manufactured to standard sizes and is measured accordingly.
Any of the generally coniferous, gymnospermous trees with sieve cells for the conduction of nutrient solutions, whcih include pine, spruce, etc., and some trees with much harder wood. Timber which is light and easily cut.
A softwood is the wood from a conifer, such as a pine tree. Tree species defined by anatomical characteristics that commonly (but not always) produce softer, lighter timber. Pinus is the principal softwood plantation genus in Australia.
Term used to describe all needle-leaved trees. These species are typically evergreen, retaining their leaves through two or more growing seasons. Larches, including tamarack, are exceptions, being deciduous "softwoods"
A general term referring to any variety of trees having narrow, needle-like or scale-like leaves, generally coniferous. The term has nothing to do with the actual softness of the wood; some "softwoods" are harder than certain "hardwood" species.
Woods are grouped into two groups: those that have leaves and those that have cones. Woods that have leaves are referred to as hardwoods. Woods that have cones are referred to as softwoods. It is to be noted that some softwoods, such as yellow pine, are very hard whereas some hardwoods, such as balsa and basswood, are quite soft.
A "softwood" can also be called an " evergreen" or " conifer" tree. However, it is inaccurate to call all conifers "pines"! There are only three native pine tree species in the U.P. (white, red & jack) and seven species of non-pine conifers (balsam fir, hemlock, cedar, black & spruce, tamarack, and yew). True pines (genus Pinus) make up only 15% of the number of conifers in the U.P. [To return to previous page, click your browser's BACK button then scroll through the page to your last location
Softwoods are conifers, evergreen and cone-bearing trees. Softwoods include cedar, fir, hemlock, pine, redwood and spruce. They are usually used as structural lumber such as 2x4s and 2x6s, with limited decorative applications.
Softwood is the wood from conifers. In addition "softwood" is an adjective applied to the trees that produce such wood: softwood trees include pine, spruce, cedar, fir, larch, douglas-fir, hemlock, cypress, redwood and yew.