The plant is said to be insecticidal.The stems have been used in making baskets.
The stems are used internally in the treatment of acute rheumatoid arthritis, mumps and hepatitis. The stems are harvested in the autumn and winter, and are dried for later use. The stems and flowers are used together as an infusion in the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections (including pneumonia) and dysentery. An infusion of the flower buds is used in the treatment of a wide range of ailments including syphilitic skin diseases and tumours, bacterial dysentery, colds, enteritis, pain, swellings etc. Experimentally, the flower extracts have been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels and are antibacterial, antiviral and tuberculostatic. Externally, the flowers are applied as a wash to skin inflammations, infectious rashes and sores. The flowers are harvested in early morning before they open and are dried for later use. The plant has a similar action to Forsythia suspensa and is usually used in combination with that species to achieve a stronger action.This plant has become a serious weed in many areas of N. America, it might have the potential to be utilized for proven medical purposes.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with or without a heel, July/August in a frame. Good percentage. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 15 - 20cm with or without a heel, November in a cold frame. Good percentage.Layering in autumn.
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Plants are hardy to about -20°c. The foliage can be damaged in severe wind-chill conditions but the plant usually recovers in the spring. Fruit is only formed after a hot summer. A rampantly growing plant, it climbs by twining around other plants and makes an excellent screen for a north or east facing fence or an unsightly object. This species has the potential to become a rampant weed, it has escaped from cultivation in N. America whre it can outcompete native species. The plant has powerfully scented flowers. The white-flowered cultivar 'Halliana' has a pronounced lemon-like perfume.There are several named varieties, developed for their ornamental value.
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