Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens)


Common Names: Boxwood, Common Box, European Box


Distribution: Europe, Northwest Africa and Southwest Asia


Color/Appearance: Color tends to be a light cream to yellow, which tends to darken slightly with prolonged exposure to light. Sapwood is not distinct from heartwood.


Janka Hardness: 2,840 lbf


Density: 5.09 lb/b.f.


Shrinkage: 1 Radial (thickness): 6.2%

Tangential (width): 9.8%,

Volumetric (total): 15.8%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.6


Allergies/Toxicity:  1 Most common reactions simply include eye, skin and respiratory irritation.


Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: no


Common Uses: Carvings, chess pieces, musical instruments (flutes, recorders, woodwinds, etc.), rulers, handles and turned objects



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