Which Trees Are Used to Make Paper?


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Paper is made from a variety of woods, including hardwoods like birch and aspen, and softwoods like pine and spruce. In southern climates, eucalyptus is often used for paper.

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Hardwood pulp is used for writing and printing paper because it produces heavy, smooth paper. Alternatively, softwood pulp produces longer pulp fibers making for a stronger, more durable paper to be used in shipping containers, corrugated boxes and shopping bags.

Paper is often made from a blend of both kinds of fibers, in order to combine the qualities of each type of pulp. Recycled paper is usually a blend of both new and recycled fibers, and is most often used to make newsprint, paperboard and tissue paper.

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