Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens)

Boxwood timber, derived from the Buxus sempervirens tree, features a pale yellowish-brown colour with a fine, uniform grain and smooth texture. In boxmaking, we choose woods for their decorative appeal rather than their strength.


  1. Color/Appearance – Pale yellowish brown colour, with a subtle sometimes plain appearance.
  2. Grain/Texture – The grain is fine and uniform, contributing to its smooth texture and clean, polished finish.
  3. Odour – Typically has a mild, earthy odour, which does not overpower other scents.
  4. Sustainability – Considered a sustainable wood choice due to its relatively fast growth rate and widespread availability.
  5. Common Uses – Commonly used in many woodworking applications, including carving, turning, and inlay work. Its fine grain and smooth texture make it particularly suitable for intricate detailing.
  6. Alternative Names – Known by alternative names as Buxus or European boxwood, reflecting its botanical name and geographic origins.
  7. Countries of Origin – Trees are native to many regions of Europe, including the Mediterranean and parts of Western Asia.
  8. Box/Furniture Making – Whilst not as commonly used as other hardwoods, boxwood is occasionally used for decorative elements such as inlays, trim, and accent pieces.

Wood Alternatives Based on Color

  1. Maple – Maple wood offers a light, creamy colour similar to boxwood, making it a suitable alternative for decorative woodworking projects.
  2. Beech – With its pale, neutral colour, beech wood provides a subtle alternative to boxwood, especially in applications needing a smooth finish.
  3. Ash – Ash wood features a light to medium brown colour and fine grain, offering a versatile alternative to boxwood for various woodworking projects.


Boxwood timber is prized for its pale yellowish-brown colour, fine grain, and smooth texture, making it a suitable choice for small furniture projects. Its sustainability, common uses, and availability make it a valuable option for woodworking enthusiasts looking to add decorative elements to their creations.

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