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Wood is divided into three groups:
Coniferous wood– Coniferous woods are soft woods. The best-known ones are yew, spruce, pine, larch, fir and Swiss pine.
Deciduous wood– Deciduous woods are hard woods. The best-known ones are maple, birch, pear, oak, alder, ash, cherry, lime, walnut, poplar and common beech.
Tropical wood– Tropical woods, such as balsa, ebony, mahogany, rosewood and teak, are highly resistant to environmental influences and are, above all, renowned for their particularly decorative wood structure and colouring. This is why veneers made of tropical wood are predominantly used for manufacturing furniture.