Sassafras albidum

Common name: Sassafras

Native plant

The mitten, ghost, and football-shaped leaves are a Sassafras tree’s trademark. Tea, candy, and root beer are made from its aromatic leaves and roots. Excellent fall color of yellow, orange and red. Prefers full sun and good garden soil. The brown bark is deeply furrowed and ridged. Sassafras does sucker, but I have not seen much of a problem with this in my 15-year-old trees.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Tree

Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not to Wet Not to Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period

Spring

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate

Moderate

Flower color

Whitish

Fall color

Red Orange

Size

Mature height
20 Feet
Mature width
15 Feet
Max height
30 Feet
Max width
25 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant

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