Inner bark. Eaten in small quantities with oil. No more details are given but inner bark is often dried, ground into a powder and then used as a thickening in soups etc or mixed with cereals when making bread. The leaves, when wrapped round food during baking, impart a nice flavour to the food. Yellow flower clusters - raw. They are sweet with nectar.Seeds - sprouted and then boiled. The sprouted seeds are generally bitter, but the young shoots are quite sweet and juicy. The seeds are about 6mm long and are produced in small clusters.
A sticky gum obtained from the buds in spring has been mixed with oil and used as a hair tonic. A fibre obtained from the inner bark is used for making scouring pads, rope and crude dresses. It was harvested in the spring and was also used in making baskets. Young stems are used as coarse twine warp and weft in the manufacture of baskets.Wood - light, soft, not strong, close grained. It is highly valued for timber, furniture and indoor use and is also used for carving bowls, veneer etc. It makes an excellent fuel, producing a hot smokeless flame.
Layering, which takes about 12 months, is successful with most species in this genus.Cuttings of young shoots in June or July. The cuttings should have 2 - 3 pairs of leaves, plus one pair of buds at the base. Remove a very thin slice of bark at the base of the cutting, rooting is improved if a rooting hormone is used. The rooted cuttings must show new growth during the summer before being potted up otherwise they are unlikely to survive the winter.
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Growth of young plants is rapid in the wild, slowing down after 40 -50 years with a maximum life span of about 275 years. This species thrives in Britain but it can be cut back in a severe winter if that follows a mild autumn. A very ornamental plant.Most maples are bad companion plants, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants.
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