Is white pine a hard or softwood?
Softwood is a common term given to pine trees and other conifers. However, some pines do not have soft wood. The wood of the longleaf pine tree is harder than that of most hardwood trees. The wood of a particular type of slash pine that grows a taproot instead of fibrous root is so hard that it must be drilled in order to insert nails. And white pine is hard enough to be machined. The…
All pines are Softwood - including Eastern White Pine. Softwoods are not necessarily softer than hardwoods. In both groups there is an enormous variation in actual wood hardness, with the range in density in hardwoods completely including that of softwoods; some hardwoods (e.g. balsa) are softer than most softwoods, while the hardest hardwoods are much harder than any softwood.
By definition, all dicotyledon trees are hardwood trees. All polycotyledon trees are softwood trees. Cherry trees are dicotyledons. Long leaf pines have much harder wood than most hardwood trees. "Dade County Pine," a type of Slash Pine, is too hard to nail. Termites can not bite into it. It is still called softwood.
It actually depends on what you intend the wood to be used for after. A hard wood will expand and contract slightly slower as the fibers are closer to gether in the hard wood compaired to pine which is a softwood. Plus hard woods because of their slow grow rate are normally more expensive therefore laminating to pine is kept to a minimum.