A dark grey to green dye can be obtained from the fruit. The bark is used to ornament baskets and is also split into strips and used for making baskets that are watertight and resist decay. The bark is both strong and flexible as well as being ornamental. The thin outer bark can be peeled off the tree in the same way as birch trees. It has been used to make baskets, mats, ropes and as an ornament on bows, arrows etc. The bark can also be made into a string.Wood - close-grained, soft, brittle. It is sometimes used for furniture because it takes a high polish. An excellent fuel.
The bark is blood purifier, cardiac, laxative and tonic. An infusion of the bark has been used in the treatment of tuberculosis and eczema. A decoction of the root and inner bark has been taken daily as a treatment for heart troubles. An infusion of the bark, combined with crab apple bark (Malus spp) has been used as a cure-all tonic in treating colds and various other ailments. The bark, stuck on with resin, has been used as a dressing for wounds, swellings etc. An infusion of the rotten wood has been used as a contraceptive.Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, all members of the genus contain amygdalin and prunasin, substances which break down in water to form hydrocyanic acid (cyanide or prussic acid). In small amounts this exceedingly poisonous compound stimulates respiration, improves digestion and gives a sense of well-being.
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