HOLLY - Ilex opaca

holly

NAME: Holly
BOTANICAL NAME: Ilex opaca
ALSO KNOWN AS: Christmas holly, Scrub holly, White holly
RANGE: Eastern US
STRENGTH PROPERTIES: Moderately heavy and hard, with good shock resistance, and low bending strength, stiffness, and decay resistance. Steam-bends poorly.
GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Generally machines well but irregular grain can cause problems. Sands and turns easily and polishes to a fine luster. Glues, screws, and nails well. Stains and finishes satisfactorily - sometimes stained black to simulate ebony.
AVAILABILITY: Limited
USES: Carving, piano and organ keys, inlay, wood block engravings, novelties, fixtures, handles, T-squares, fixtures, and furniture.
COST: Very valuable.