There are no edible uses listed for Colutea arborescens.
The plants have an extensive root system and are used to stabilize banks and prevent soil erosion
Can be grown as a hedge
There are no material uses listed for Colutea arborescens.
The leaves are diuretic and purgative
. The leaves are sometimes used as a substitute for senna as a laxative, though they are much milder in their action
. The plant is rather unreliable when used medicinally so is rarely employed in herbalism
The seeds are emetic
. They are also toxic
Seed - pre-soak for 24 hours in hot water and sow late winter in a greenhouse
. Scarification can help speed up the germination process
. Germination can be slow and erratic
, though treated seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 20°c
. As soon as they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame
. Cuttings are not very long-lived
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An easily grown plant, it tolerates most soil conditions other than a water-logged soil
. Prefers a position in full sun but tolerates light shade
. Grows well on dry sunny banks
. Dislikes strong winds, though another report in the same book says that it tolerates salt-laden winds
. In our experience the plants are very subject to wind-rock when grown in a windy site[K]. Tolerates atmospheric pollution
. A fast growing plant, thriving on poor soils
Plants are hardy to about -20°c.
Slugs love the young seedlings[K].
Flowers are produced on the current season's growth. These flowers are very attractive to bees.
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus.
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby
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Associations & Interactions
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Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Colutea arborescens.
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