This is a query that comes up quite a lot from people looking to buy furniture; What is hardwood furniture? This article looks a little closer at exactly what is a ‘Hard wood’.
This comes from Wikipedia
Hardwood is wood from dicot angiosperm trees. The term may also be used for the trees from which the wood is derived; these are usually broad-leaved. In temperate and boreal latitudes they are mostly deciduous, but in tropics and subtropics mostly evergreen. Hardwood contrasts with softwood (which is from gymnosperm trees).
Hardwood should not be confused with the term “heartwood”, which can be from hardwood or softwood.
A little bit of a mouthful what it actually means is that tend to be more dense; not the ‘tend to be’ in that sentence because actually balsa wood is actually a hardwood yet its properties are that it is soft!