Young shoots - raw or cooked. They are not very palatable.A saccharine exudation is obtained from the leaves and young branches. Used as a food.
The bark contains around 10% tannin.Wood - tough, withstands friction. Used for floors, bases of carts etc. A good quality charcoal is obtained from the wood.
The bark of this species is used interchangeably with S. alba. It is taken internally in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis, gout, inflammatory stages of auto-immune diseases, diarrhoea, dysentery, feverish illnesses, neuralgia and headache. A poultice of the bark has been applied to sores as a styptic and healing agent. The bark is removed during the summer and dried for later use.The leaves are used internally in the treatment of minor feverish illnesses and colic. The leaves can be harvested throughout the growing season and are used fresh or dried.
Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, November to February in a sheltered outdoor bed or planted straight into their permanent position and given a good weed-suppressing mulch. Very easy. Plant into their permanent positions in the autumn.Cuttings of half-ripe wood, June to August in a frame. Very easy.
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Closely allied to S. alba, with which it freely hybridizes, though it tolerates poorer soils than that species. A very important food plant for the caterpillars of many butterfly species and a good bee plant, providing an early source of nectar and pollen. The cultivar 'Basfordiana' is used for basket making. Best if planted into its permanent position as soon as possible. The root system is rather aggressive and can cause problems with drains. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus. Plants are very amenable to coppicing or pollarding and can be cut back annually if required.Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
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