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.
Allergies/Toxicity: Most common reactions simply include eye, skin and respiratory irritation.
Common Uses: Carvings, chess pieces, musical instruments (flutes, recorders, woodwinds, etc.), rulers, handles and turned objects