Softwood is used to describe wood from trees that are known as gymnosperms. Conifers are an example. It may also be used to describe trees, which tend to be evergreen, notable exceptions being bald cypress and the larches.

Softwood is the source of about 80% of the world's production of timber, with traditional centres of production being the Baltic region (including Scandinavia and Russia) and North America.

Wood & Panel Europe, the bi-monthly magazine for the woodworking and forestry industry of the European continent brings a detailed study of the diverse species of softwoods ranging from varied sub species of whitewood, redwood, cedar to that of fir and larch. A cognitive view on characteristics and workability of the species accompanied with its machining and relates properties comprise a major section of the dedicated segment for softwood. Along with these information read on get to know about suitable and popular applications of various species of softwood.