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Sassafras albidum
Sassafras albidum
Sassafras albidum
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Sassafras albidum

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Noted for its remarkable foliage, Sassafras albidum (Sassafras) is an upright deciduous tree of dense, pyramidal to highly irregular habit with horizontal branches in cloud-like tiers. Mitten-shaped, oval or three-lobed, the bright green leaves, turn brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red in the fall.  Sprays of small yellow flowers appear at the branch tips in spring, before or with the leaves. Sassafras albidum is dioecious with separate male and female trees. The pollinated flowers on female trees give way to small pendant clusters of red-stalked, dark blue berries which mature in early fall. The greenish twigs and leafstalks have a pleasant, spicy, slightly gummy taste. The dark cinnamon to mahogany-brown bark is deeply ridged and furrowed, providing winter interest. Sassafras albidum spreads by root suckers and can form a small grove, however, it is easily controlled as a single tree. A pleasantly aromatic tree that is great for naturalistic plantings or screens with outstanding fall color.
  • Type: Tree
  • Native Range: Eastern North America
  • Zone: 4 to 9
  • Height: 30.00 to 60.00 feet
  • Spread: 25.00 to 40.00 feet
  • Bloom Time: April to May
  • Bloom Description: Greenish-yellow
  • Sun: Full sun to part shade
  • Water: Medium
  • Maintenance: Medium
  • Suggested Use: Flowering Tree
  • Flower: Showy
  • Fruit: Showy
  • Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Clay Soil, Black Walnut
  • Tolerate: Clay Soil