A cone-bearing tree, also classified as softwood, used in most pulping processes for the manufacturing of paper. Familiar types of coniferous trees include pines, spruces, firs, hemlocks, larches, cypresses, and cedars. They are distinguished from deciduous trees by their usually long, needle-shaped leaves. Popularly known as "evergreens" for their ability to remain green year round, some conifers—such as the larch—do shed their leaves in winter. The wood of conifers lends itself well to the papermaking process, as the fibers are of such a size and structure that produce the best-quality paper. Coniferous is one of two primary classifications of trees; see also Deciduous.

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