Sassafras albidum

Common name: Sassafras

Native plant

The mitten, ghost, and football-shaped leaves are a Sassafras tree’s trademark. It is a mid-sized tree with 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 less so in garden settings than in the wild. Tea, candy, and root beer are made from its aromatic leaves and roots.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils


Sandy Soils, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk, Low branched, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Red Orange


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

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Drought Resistant Soil Stabilizer Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot

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