Common box, European box, Abassian boxwood
Buxus is a genus of about 70 species from a range of origins, with the majority of species being tropical or subtropical; only the European and some Asian species are frost-tolerant. The genus is split into 3 sections according to the regions; Eurasian species, the African (except northwest Africa) and Madagascan species, and the American species. The African and American plants are genetically more similar to each other than the Eurasian section. Boxwood is grown in gardens for its good hedging ability and can be clipped into various shapes. Commercially the wood is used in the manufacture of parts of musical instruments.