The following notes apply to A. californica, but are probably also relevant here:-The seed needs to be leached of toxins before it becomes safe to eat - the Indians would do this by slow-roasting the nuts (which would have rendered the saponins harmless) and then cutting them into thin slices, putting them into a cloth bag and rinsing them in a stream for 2 - 5 days. Most of the minerals etc would also have been leached out by this treatment[K].
A poultice of the powdered seeds has been used in the treatment of cancer tumours and infections, and as a salve for sores.An infusion of the roots has been used as a bath in the treatment of dyspepsia.
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A very ornamental shrub, when dormant it is hardy to about -15°c though the young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts. It prefers a continental climate, growing best in eastern and south-eastern England. Trees are fast-growing in the wild, though they are also short-lived. They can commence flowering when only 1 metre tall. Plants spread by means of suckers. There are a number of named varieties, developed for their ornamental value. Var. 'Humilis' is a low growing form.Most members of this genus transplant easily, even when fairly large.
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