Sassafras albidum

Plant Type

tree

Zones

5a-9b

Size

H:20'-80'
W:30'-50'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

well-drained, rich

Water Needs:

regular

Special Situation:

heat tolerant, humidity tolerant

Sun Exposure:

sun, mostly sun, mostly shade

Features

Flower Color:

yellow, green

Foliage Color:

green

Wildlife:

birds, butterflies, deer resistant, rabbit resistant

Fruit:

blue, black

Flower Season:

spring

Foliage Season:

deciduous

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Dancing Oaks Nursery

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Monmouth, Oregon

503-838-6058

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Springfield, Oregon

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Keeping it Green Nursery

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Stanwood, Washington

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Williams, Oregon

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Rushville, Illinois

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Merryville, Louisiana

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Barboursville, Virginia

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Monmouth, Oregon

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Lael's Moon Garden

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Rochester, Washington

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Gossler Farms

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Springfield, Oregon

541-746-3922

Keeping it Green Nursery

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Stanwood, Washington

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Boehm's Garden Center

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Rushville, Illinois

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Salem, Oregon

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Stanwood, Washington

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Sassafras is one of America’s most beautiful foliage trees. We know this can be a thicket former, but here in the Northwest it’s a beautiful tree. Can be planted in dry area and watered for the first couple of years, then allowed to exist without additional water.

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Sassafras is aromatic in all its parts. Historically, it has found medicinal uses and was the raw ingredient used to make root beer. It surely found its way into moonshine for some spicy flavoring. Its foliage is distinctive with 4 different shapes: right and left-handed mitten, un-lobed, and tri-lobed. Difficult to propagate reliably, it is nevertheless a trouble-free native American tree once established in the landscape. Often suckers if it is disturbed. Occurring in groves of small trees, along fence rows, and in abandoned fields in its native range; if it grows on its own in the open it can reach a height of 60 ft. with a 2-3 ft. trunk diameter. Needless to say, trees of this size are now rare and merit protection.

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Make your own gumbo Filet! This beautiful native tree sports excellent fall color even in the south displaying mainly orange, with plenty of yellow and red. Sassafras is a host plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail where you can find the caterpillars neatly nestled inside folded leaves. A hardy and drought tolerant medium sized native tree. When we were young we would make Sassafras tea from the boiled roots of this tree, although some studies recommend against this practice due to its carcinogenic properties.

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Stanwood, Washington

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Deciduous, shrub or small tree forming colonies over time. Yellow flowers on branch ends in spring. One of the best fall color Used to make root beer. Zone 4-9, 25', Eastern NA, Part shade-sun, moist

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Williams, Oregon

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Lg tree with aromatic, mitten-shaped leaves which turn brilliant orange and scarlet in fall; root and bark used for oil and tea. Sun/Med.

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Rochester, Washington

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Aromatic leaves may be oval, mitten-shaped or 3 lobed yellow flowers April, orange-red fall color, dioecious

Description by: Lazy S'S Farm Nursery

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Barboursville, Virginia

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An attractive tree that can reach 80' but rarely tops 20-30' with a rather slender, pyramidal shape and horizontal branches in distinct tiers. This long lived tree starts flowering young and the leaves are variable even on a single plant but remind one of mittens! The blooms open before the leaves in early spring and give way to fleshy dark blue drupes. In Fall, it turns brilliant shade of yellow, orange and red. All parts have an aromatic smell like root beer. Native from SW Maine to Iowa, south to Texas and florida. VERY FAST it can grow 4' a year. Tap rooted so plant it where you want it to stay!

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Monmouth, Oregon

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Native to North America, Sassafras has a fun variety of leaf shapes with some looking like mittens. Orange & scarlet fall color. Large deciduous tree.

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