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White aspen


Introduction of White aspen


            Scientific name - Acronychia oblongifolia


Acronychia oblongifolia, having its roots in the Rutaceae (citrus) family is a small to medium sized rainforest tree that’s indigenous to eastern Australia. Commonly recognized as white aspen they are dispersed from Queensland to Victoria. It grows as a shrub or medium sized tree and can reach a height of 27 m (90 ft). Even though it can have fine wrinkles, pustules or fissures, the trunk is smooth and dark brown in color. With a contradicting leaf arrangement on the stem, they measure 3–12 cm (2–5 in) long and 1–5 cm (0.4–2 in) wide. They are oblanceolate, fibrous, dark green and fragrant.


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Uses of White aspen


There are several known uses for the wood of the white aspen, fairly strong, they are soft and has low flammability, hence used for making matches and paper. Its low flammability aspect makes it safer to use than most other wood types. Occasionally called excelsior, shredded aspen wood is used for packing and stuffing. Seeing that, the wood lacks the phenols coupled with pine and juniper, it is used as animal bedding (which is thought to cause respiratory system ailments in some animals). With that said, the wood is also known for its usage for the interiors of a sauna, however they are heat-treated. Despite the fact that standing trees at times have a propensity to become rancid from the heart outward, the dry timber conditions very well, becoming silvery-grey and opposed to rotting and warping, and has by tradition been used for countryside construction in the northwestern regions of Russia (especially for roofing, in the form of thin slats).

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Health Benefits of White aspen


Leaf buds and leaves of white aspen can heal various burns and irritation. Seeing that the tree is known to contain a chemical compound called salicin which shares the same qualities of aspirin, they are said to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Known to help bladder and prostate problems, they can also help alleviate various types of aches which also include joint pains (rheumatism), back pains (sciatica), and nerve pains (neuralgia).

Bark and leaves of the tree are used to make a decoction which is said to treat mild urinary tract infections; however, the inner bark of white aspen has laxative effects



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Side Effects


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Not only with white aspen, but with all other products, it is always good to know the side effect it brings. As with aspen, sensitive skin people might get skin rashes as they come in contact with the tree. Any form of aspen when combined with alcohol is said to scale up the risk of bleeding in the stomach and intestines, hence if you are using any form of aspen, avoid drinking alcohol. People who are prone to allergic symptoms of aspirin should stay away from using aspen because they are said to contain a chemical similar to aspirin. Pregnant and nursing women should also stay away from this. Seeing that, salicin can worsen the effects, diabetes patients should avoid this. People who are suffering from gout, stomach ulcers, blood disorders, liver diseases or kidney diseases should also avoid aspen.

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Cultivation details


Frost tender when young, they are moderately readily cultivated in a well-drained soil and bright aspect, and benefits from extra water and fertilizer. In general, they are propagated by seed or cutting.

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