Conifers are considered cone bearing soft woods and are well represented in Alaska with 5 genera (larch, pine, spruce, hemlock and fir) and 9 species.  Many have tall straight trunks which become dwarfed close to tree line.  The narrow leaf evergreens make up most of the timber in the interior forests and nearly all of the trees in southeastern coastal forests.  Economically they are important as sources for the state's lumber, building logs and wood products industries.