Sassafras Tree

Sassafras Tree

Sassafras Tree Facts

Specific Name:   Sassafras albidum
Hardiness Zones:   4 to 9
Growth_Rate:   Moderate to rapid
Site Requirements:   Sun to partial shade; moist, well drained soil but is adoptable
Texture:   Medium
Form:   Pyramidal in youth; short contorted branches; flat topped, irregular rounded crown with age
Height:   30 to 60
Weight:   25 to 40'
Leaf:   3 to 7" alternate, simple leaves; three distinct leaf forms; clear yellow, orange, pink to scarlet fall color
Flower/Fruit:   Yellow, weakly fragrant flowers in April; male trees are more showy; dark blue drupes on female plants
Comments:    Native; deep tap root makes transplanting large plants difficult; birds attracted to fruit; leaves larval food for swallowtail butterflies
Habit:   Deciduous
Cultivars:   --