Generally, one of the botanical groups of trees that in most cases have needlelike or scalelike leaves (coniferous). Also refers to the wood produced by such trees. The term has no reference to the actual hardness of the wood.
coniferous (cone-bearing) trees with evergreen needles or scale-like leaves that grow in cool, temperate northern regions; the only softwoods we use on Taylor guitars are spruce and cedar * all others are hardwoods; also known as Gymnospermae.
A conventional term for the conifers and their timber, as distinguished from broad-leaved trees and their timber which are called hardwoods, In India, However, the use of the term is not thus restricted, but extends generally to all timber that has no definite heartwood and species of rapid growth and relatively poor durability.
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.
Generally, the botanical group of trees that bear cones and in most cases have needlelike or scale-like leaves; also the wood produced by such trees. The term has no reference to the actual hardness of the wood.