The Boxwood Family


Scientific Name: Buxus sempervirens
Location: Europe, northwest Africa & southwest Asia
Dried Weight: 61lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 2,840lbf
Crushing Strength: 9,950lbf /in2

Boxwood has a color that is light cream to yellow, which tends to darken slightly with prolonged exposure to light. It has a fine even texture and gives off a natural lustre. The grain is straight or slightly irregular. The end grain is diffuse-porous. Boxwood is rated a durable when it comes to decay. The wood is somewhat difficult to work with in flat dimensions but does superbly when turning. Boxwood has a slight blunting effect on cutters.


Castelo Boxwood

Scientific Name: Calycophyllum multiflorum
Location: South America
Dried Weight: 51lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 1,800lbf
Crushing Strength: 7,800lbf /in2

Castelo Boxwood has a heartwood that is light brown to a pale yellowish color. The sapwood is lighter in color. The grain is straight to slightly interlocked and it carries a fine uniform texture. The end grain is diffuse-porous. Caste lot is rated as moderately durable in regards to decay. The wood is fair to work with and it has been reported to have a high cutting resistance when dry. Castelo turns, glues, and finishes well.