Herb: Yellow Wood
Latin name: Cladrastis lutea
Synonyms: Cladrastis tinctoria, Virgilia lutea
Description of the plant:
Habitat of Yellow Wood:Woods in rich well-drained limestone soils, in river valleys, slopes, ridges and the borders of streams.
Other uses of the herb:A clear yellow dye is obtained from the heartwood. Wood - relatively heavy, very hard, strong, close grained, durable and takes a beautiful polish. It weighs 39lb per cubic foot and is a good fuel.
Propagation of Yellow Wood:Seed - can be sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed should be pre-soaked for 24 hours in warm water and then sown in a greenhouse in late winter. Three months cold stratification at 5°C can reduce the germination time. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 10°C. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts. Root cuttings, 5 - 7cm long, December in a greenhouse. Good percentage.
Cultivation of the herb:Woods in rich well-drained limestone soils, in river valleys, slopes, ridges and the borders of streams.
Medicinal use of Yellow Wood:None known
Known hazards of Cladrastis lutea:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.