||American Holly (Ilex opaca)
||Also known as evergreen, white, Christmas, prickly, scrub, and dune holly.
||Grows in eastern half of United States.
||Indistinct, close grain with no obvious figure and a fine texture. Ivory-white heartwood and white sapwood – sapwood usually much wider than the heartwood.
||Moderately heavy and hard, with good shock resistance, and low bending strength, stiffness, and decay resistance. Steam-bends poorly.
||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.
||Used for turnery, carving, piano and organ keys, marquetry and inlay, wood block engravings, novelties, fixtures, handles, T-squares, fixtures, and furniture.