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Uses

Toxic parts

All parts of the plant, and especially the seed, are poisonous[1][2].

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Laburnum alpinum.

Material uses

Wood - hard. It is highly esteemed by turners[3] and is used for making musical instruments[4].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The leaves are cholagogue and purgative[3].

The leaves have a similar effect to tobacco and have thus been used in treating nicotinism[3].

The plant is very poisonous and should not be used internally without expert supervision[3].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nitrogen fixer

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse or cold frame[5]. Germination is usually very quick and good[6]. Prick out indoor-sown seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer.

Another option is to pre-soak the stored seed for 12 hours in warm water and sow in an outdoor seed bed in early spring. These plants an be allowed to grow on in the seedbed for two years before planting them out in the winter.

Cuttings of mature wood in late winter planted in the open ground[5].

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Cultivation

A very tolerant and easily grown plant, it succeeds in almost any soil or situation[1] so long as it is not water-logged[7]. It grows well in heavy clay soils and in poor shallow limestone soils[4]. Succeeds in cold exposed situations and tolerates industrial pollution[5].

This species is closely related to L. anagyroides[7]. There are some named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[7]. The flowers have a delicious vanilla scent[4]. Plants can be successfully transplanted even when quite large[5]. 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[5].

This species is notably susceptible to honey fungus[5].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Laburnum alpinum.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Laburnum alpinum
Genus
Laburnum
Family
Leguminosae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
5 x 6 meters
Fertility
?
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type











References

  1. ? 1.01.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  2. ? Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.13.23.33.43.5 Chiej. R. Encyclopaedia of Medicinal Plants. MacDonald ISBN 0-356-10541-5 (1984-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.14.24.3 Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.15.25.35.45.55.6 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  6. ? Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
  7. ? 7.07.17.27.3 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)


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