The wood that is obtained from evergreen conifer trees like Pine, Redwood, Fir and Yew are called softwood. Almost 80% timber of the world is softwood. The sources of this kind of timber are Russia, Scandinavia, China and North America. There is also a kind of timber called hardwood, but these names are not implied literally. There are quite a few hardwood trees, which gives softer timber that softwood.