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Hardwoods and Softwoods
Three Facts That Might Surprise You
The tree boasts the longest life of similarly complex life forms. The famed Joshua Tree, a species native to arid deserts, can live upwards of 700 years. Some of the older Redwoods of the American West are 2,000 years old. The rare Methuselah tree, on the other hand, is estimated to be 5,000 years old. Therefore making it a seedling during the building of the Egyptian pyramids!
Above all, trees are classified as either “coniferous” or “broad-leaved”. Terms that are often synonymous with “softwood” and “hardwood”. While it’s true that coniferous trees, such as evergreens, often produce softer woods and broad-leaved trees produce harder woods, this is not always the case.
The white oak is considered one of the finest hardwood trees in North America for its strength and beauty. Furthermore, craftsmen and manufacturers coveted its straight grain. As well as its strength and flexibility making it an ideal building wood. Still further, its resistance to weather and insects makes it a great choice for outdoor projects.
References: “The Encyclopedia of Wood: a tree-by-tree guide to the world’s most versatile resource” by Aidan Walker