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Sassafras albidum - Common Sassafras

Sassafras albidum

Sassafras

Common Sassafras is a lovely small native tree that is hard to find in the trade because of the difficulty moving it B&B. We grow it in containers for that reason, and love its variable multi-shaped leaves. The flowers appear in early April and are an attractive chartreuse-yellow, making a show before the leaves appear. The fall color varies from yellow to orange-bronze. The root bark has been used traditionally to make an interesting tea or root beer. If you have a mature female tree, be sure to look closely at the summer fruit, which is one of the prettiest we've ever seen, with red pedicels and orange-yellow bases on purple fruits, looking like match-sticks. Prefers good moisture and organic matter. Sassafras, like Betula, is a pioneer species, so it performs well in disturbed sites.

Height

30 Feet

Spread

15 Feet

Bloom Color

Chartreuse

USDA Hardiness Zone

4
Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Deer Resistant
Fall Color - Attractive
Fruit - Ornamental
Native
Soil Conditions
Average
Bloom Time
Spring
Exposure
Partial Shade/Shade Tolerant
Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Pollinators
Food Source for Wildlife
Tolerance
Black Walnut Tolerant
Clay Soil Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Tree Type
Ornamental (<30')
Foliage Color
Green
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