Answer: This service is intended to help homeowners with their home gardening questions rather than serve as an academic reference so I am not going to do the research for you. Michael Dirr's "Manual of Woody Landscape Plants" usually includes an indication of when plants were introduced here and occasionally also includes notes about other uses. Beyond that, your reference librarian should be able to help you with your research. Or, you could try an internet search using the botanical name. Good luck with your report!
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