Different types of wood differ in terms of structure, color and consistency. For this reason, woods are used for very different purposes. Resistant woods are especially used outdoors, where they need to withstand the influences of weather including rain, moisture and temperature swings. Woods with a particularly attractive appearance are often used for furniture and for decorative elements. Other woods have characteristics better suited to the building of musical instruments.
In the following we provide examples of domestic and tropical woods with both the proper English and German names, the botanical name, and the geographical range.