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Sassafras albidum

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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

Height: 30'-50'

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

Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
  • Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
  • Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
  • Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
  • Sassafras albidum (sassafras)

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Description

Sassafras albidum

Also known as:

sassafras

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Scientific Synonyms:

Laurus albidus, Laurus sassafras, Sassafras officinale, Sassafras sassafras, Sassafras variifolium

Description

Sassafras albidum is an ornamental tree, that produces attractive, fragrant flowers, dark-blue fruit, and vibrant fall foliage.

Cultivation

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.

Additional Notes

Sassafras albidum is the northernmost of what are considered tropical hardwoods.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Laurales
Family Lauraceae Laurel family
Genus Sassafras sassafras
Species Sassafras albidum sassafras