Also known as: Brazilian Boxwood, Castelo, Olivio (when olive hearted)
Botanical Name: Gossypiospermum praecox
Origin: South America
Description: This is not a true Boxwood but is similar in appearance and, unlike real European Boxwood, it is available commercially as a veneer. Very close-grained and with a fine, lustrous texture, the colour is a light golden yellow. On occasion some older trees may develop an olive-brown heart which gives this veneer a totally different appearance, somewhat resembling Mediterranean Olive. This is sometimes marketed under the name Olivio. Boxwood is mainly used for cabinet work.