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Cultural Details for Sassafras albidum

Common Name:
Sassafras

Growth Rate:
Medium to fast, 10 to 12' over a 5-8 year period

Average Mature Height:
30-60'

Average Mature Width:
25-40'

Flower Details:
Yellow, somewhat fragrant flowers, in terminal 1-2" long racemes, April. Usually dioecious.

Fruit Details:
Dark blue drupe, 0.5" long, ripening in September but quickly falling or eaten by birds.

Fall Color:
Shades of yellow to deep orange to scarlet and purple in fall; Usually deep red at Boone County Arboretum.

Bark Details:
Dark reddish brown, almost mahogany, deeply ridged-and-furrowed, forming flat corky ridges.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Sassafras has appeared remarkably free of problems except for occasional iron chlorosis and minor cases of cankers, leaf spots, mildew, wilt, root rot, Japanese beetle, promethea moth, sassafras weevil, and scales.

Native Habitat:
Maine to Ontario and Michigan, south to Florida and Texas. Cultivated 1630.

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Move balled-and-burlapped in early spring into moist, loamy, acid, well-drained soil; Zone 4-9, can invade abandoned fields, and sprouts from roots forming thick colonies.

This plant was blooming:
4/7/2010 - 4/19/2010
4/2/2007 - 4/5/2007

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
429, 431, 434, 437, 441, 442, 1482, 1488, 1489, 2545, 2546, 8604, 8637

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu