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Sassafras Sassafras albidum

Sassafras - Sassafras albidum
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A captivating, native North American tree known for its brilliant display of autumn foliage and aromatic smell. Leaves are 3"–7" long, bright to medium green in summer changing to enchanting colors of yellow, deep orange, scarlet and purple in the fall. They have a unique mitten (right- and left-handed) or three-lobe shape. The 1/2" dark blue fruit is loved by birds in the fall. Plant in full sun or partial shade in moist, acidic, well-drained soil. Be sure to remove any shoots that develop for a single-trunk tree. Grows at a medium to fast pace to 30'–60' tall with a 25'–40' spread. (zones 4–9)

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Zones 4 - 9 Zones 4 - 9
Hardiness Zones 4 - 9
The Sassafras can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Ornamental Tree Ornamental Tree
Type of tree
Ornamental Trees, Shade Trees
30' - 60' High 30' - 60' High
Mature Height
The Sassafras grows to be 30' - 60' feet in height.
25' - 40' Spread 25' - 40' Spread
Mature Spread
The Sassafras has a spread of about 25' - 40' at full maturity.
Slow Growth Slow Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a slow growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This Sassafras does well in full sun, partial shade.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil

acid, moist, wet, well drained, loam, some drought and salt tolerance

rounded Shape rounded Shape
Shape
This Sassafras has rounded shape.
Description

A captivating, native North American tree known for its brilliant display of autumn foliage and aromatic smell. Leaves are 3"–7" long, bright to medium green in summer changing to enchanting colors of yellow, deep orange, scarlet and purple in the fall. They have a unique mitten (right- and left-handed) or three-lobe shape. The 1/2" dark blue fruit is loved by birds in the fall. Plant in full sun or partial shade in moist, acidic, well-drained soil. Be sure to remove any shoots that develop for a single-trunk tree. Grows at a medium to fast pace to 30'–60' tall with a 25'–40' spread. (zones 4–9)

Moisture

well drained