This section is from the book "Cyclopedia Of Architecture, Carpentry, And Building", by James C. et al. Also available from Amazon: Cyclopedia Of Architecture, Carpentry And Building.
This wood is very highly prized for use in inlaid work, both on account of its beautiful even grain, and on account of its clear white color. The American tree grows in all the eastern states where it attains to medium size. It is characterized by its evergreen foliage and its red berries. The wood is cream white in color, and moderately strong. It is easily worked, but is not durable and can not be exposed.