Edible usesThere are no edible uses listed for Fremontodendron californicum.
One report says that the bark has similar properties to Ulmus rubra (Slippery Elm Bark). These properties are as follows:-
Slippery elm bark is a widely used herbal remedy and is considered to be one of the most valuable of remedies in herbal practice. In particular, it is a gentle and effective remedy for irritated states of the mucous membranes of the chest, urinary tubules, stomach and intestines. The inner bark contains large quantities of a sticky slime that can be dried to a powder or made into a liquid. The inner bark is harvested in the spring from the main trunk and from larger branches, it is then dried and powdered for use as required. Ten year old bark is said to be best. Fine grades of the powder are best for internal use, coarse grades are better suited to poultices. The plant is also part of a North American formula called essiac which is a popular treatment for cancer. Its effectiveness has never been reliably proven or disproven since controlled studies have not been carried out. The other herbs included in the formula are Arctium lappa, Rumex acetosella and Rheum palmatum. The inner bark is demulcent, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, nutritive. It has a soothing and healing effect on all parts of the body that it comes into contact with and is used in the treatment of sore throats, indigestion, digestive irritation, stomach ulcers etc. It used to be frequently used as a food that was a nutritive tonic for the old, young and convalescents. It was also applied externally to fresh wounds, burns and scalds. The bark has been used as an antioxidant to prevent fats going rancid.The whole bark, including the outer bark, has been used as a mechanical irritant to abort foetuses. Its use became so widespread that it is now banned in several countries.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in sandy soil in a frame.Cuttings of greenwood in spring in a frame.
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This species is not hardy in the open at Kew, though it succeeds in the open in milder areas of the country. Plants tolerate temperatures down to about -15°c, especially once they are more than 1.5 metres tall. Plants are relatively fast growing. Resents root disturbance and should be planted into its final position when quite young. Plants do not seem to be long lived in cultivation, about 20 years being considered old age. They are subject to sudden collapse and death, even if they have been growing and flowering well. This is probably the result of excessive wet or of the plant failing to fully ripen its wood. The stems die back if the bark is cracked by frost or abrasion. Plants can be pruned in mid to late summer, this will generate new growth and more flowers.This species is notably resistant to honey fungus.
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