Huangyangmu in Chinese Furniture

Alternate name / botanical classification:  Boxwood, Buxus L

Boxwood generally has a straight grain and grows very slowly, typically reaching only 10-15 cm in diameter after 100 years.  It is has an soil-like fragrance and is easy to split.  

Due to its cell density, the furniture finish using Boxwood is very smooth and lustre after polishing.  Numerous varieties of Boxwood are found throughout China including Hubei, Jiangxi, and Sichuan. Given the limited size of this wood, it is not often used for full-sized pieces of furniture, but instead, carved objects or as decorative inlays.