What makes a softwood a softwood? Interestingly, it’s not because the wood is soft.

Softwoods come from conifer trees, or cone-bearing trees, and North American softwood species have needle-shaped foliage instead of the leaves found on hardwood trees.

Softwood lumber is highly versatile and beautiful, making it ideal for structural applications, along with interior and exterior designs and projects. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about softwood species that can be used for building and designing in, on and around the home.