For a handy reference to the best-known softwood trees, here is a compiled list showing the general areas in the United States where they may be found.
Most conifers are evergreens, or softwoods, and they produce seeds within cones. Conifers usually have needles which they shed, but not all at once, and they remain green throughout the year. Softwoods light easily and make a good fire, but they burn fast and leave few coals.
Cedar, incense-Pacific coast; Rocky Mountain
Cedar, red-Pacific coast; Rocky Mountain; east; central
Fir, balsam-Pacific coast; northern
Fir, Douglas-Pacific coast; Rocky Mountain
Fir, white-Rocky Mountain; northern
Hemlock, western-Pacific Coast
Larch, western-Rocky Mountain
Pine, lodgepole-Rocky Mountain
Pine, ponderosa-Rocky Mountain
Pine, shortleaf-east; central; southern
Pine, sugar-Pacific coast; Rocky Mountain
Pine, Virginia-east; central
Pine, white-Rocky Mountain; east; central; northern