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Softwoods List
The commonly used softwoods in woodworking. Known as conifers

a large douglas fir
A large Canadian Douglas fir tree.
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    A List of Softwoods (Conifers)

  • Araucaria
  •      Hoop Pine (Aus.) Araucaria cunninghamii
  •      Parana Pine (Brazil) Araucaria angustifolia
  •      PehuĂ©n or Chile Pine Araucaria araucana
  • Cedar (Cedrus); also applied to a number of woods from trees in the Cypress family mainly in North America, see Red Cedar, Whitecedar and Yellow-Cedar in Softwoods, and to woods from some relatives of the mahogany, see Spanish-cedar and Australian Red Cedar in Hardwoods.
  • Cypress (Chamaecyparis, Cupressus, Taxodium)
  •      Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica)
  •      Bald Cypress or Southern cypress (Taxodium distichum)
  •      Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa)
  •      Lawson's Cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana)
  •      Mediterranean Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
  • Rocky Mountain Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. glauca)
  • European Yew (Taxus baccata)
  • Fir (Abies)
  •      Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
  •      Silver Fir (Abies alba)
  •      Noble Fir (Abies procera)
  •      Pacific Silver Fir (Abies amabilis)
  • Hemlock (Tsuga)
  •      Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
  •      Mountain Hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana)
  •      Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla)
  • Kauri (New Zealand) (Agathis australis)
  • Kaya (Torreya nucifera)
  • Larch (Larix)
  •      European Larch (Larix decidua)
  •      Japanese Larch (Larix kaempferi)
  •      Tamarack Larch or Tamarack (Larix laricina)
  •      Western Larch (Larix occidentalis)
  • Pine (Pinus; Many woods are incorrectly called "Pine". See Araucaria and Douglas-fir above)
  •      Corsican pine (Pinus nigra)
  •      Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana)
  •      Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta subsp latifolia)
  •      Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata)
  •      Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)
  •      Red Pine (N.Am.) (Pinus resinosa)
  •      Scots Pine, Red pine (UK), Red deal (UK), Redwood (UK, obsolete) (Pinus sylvestris)
  •      White Pine in (N.Am.), Yellow or Weymouth pine (UK, obsolete)
  •         Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)
  •         Western White Pine (Pinus monticola)
  •         Sugar Pine (Pinus lambertiana)
  •      Southern Yellow pine (US)
  •         Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda)
  •         Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris)
  •         Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida)
  •         Shortleaf Pine (Pinus echinata)
  • "Redcedar"
  •      Eastern Redcedar, (Juniperus virginiana)
  •      Western redcedar (Thuja plicata)
  • Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)
  • Rimu (New Zealand) (Dacrydium cupressinum)
  • Spruce (Picea)
  •      Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
  •      Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  •      Red Spruce (Picea rubens)
  •      Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)
  •      White Spruce (Picea glauca)
  • Sugi (Cryptomeria japonica)
  • "Whitecedar"
  •      Northern Whitecedar (Thuja occidentalis)
  •      Southern Whitecedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides)
  • "Yellow-cedar" (Nootka Cypress Callitropsis nootkatensis, formerly Chamaecyparis nootkatensis)

Once again thanks to the guys at Wikipedia who made up this list.

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