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Hardwood trees reproduce through seeds containing a covering, while softwood trees reproduce using a naked, uncovered seed. Examples of hardwoods are apple, acorn and hickory trees, whereas softwoods include pine, firs a... More »

Based on the Janka Rating System, which measures the hardness of wood, hickory is the hardest wood and can withstand 1,820 pounds of pressure. The softest hardwood is aspen, which can withstand a pressure of 350 pounds b... More »

Hardwood comes from deciduous trees with broad leaves that shed their leaves during portions of the year, while softwood comes from conifers that remain green throughout the year and have needles instead of leaves. Hardw... More »

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