Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Trees, Deciduous
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: low
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: acid, rich, loam, sand
Bloom Time: March, April, May
Bloom Color: yellow, green
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, berries, colonizing, drought tolerant, fall interest, fragrant flowers, fragrant plant, fragrant root, medicinal, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, showy fruit
Pricing & Availability
Sassafras albidumAlso known as:
Laurus albidus, Laurus sassafras, Sassafras officinale, Sassafras sassafras, Sassafras variifolium
Sassafras albidum is an ornamental tree, that produces attractive, fragrant flowers, dark-blue fruit, and vibrant fall foliage.
Sassafras albidum has a tendency to spread by suckers, creating large colonies with all plants deriving from the same parent tree. If suckers are not removed, the colony will have a shrub-like appearance. Mature, individual specimens can reach a height of 60' and make stunning lawn specimens. A large taproot makes this tree drought resistant, and difficult to transplant. Well drained soil in full to part sun are best.
Sassafras albidum is the northernmost of what are considered tropical hardwoods.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Special Concern: ME