Sassafras albidum


Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Medium to fast, 10 to 12' over a 5-8 year period
Mature Height - 30-60'
Mature Width - 25-40'
Longevity -

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Yellow, somewhat fragrant flowers, in terminal 1-2" long racemes, April. Usually dioecious.
Fruit - Dark blue drupe, 0.5" long, ripening in September but quickly falling or eaten by birds.
Leaf -
Fall Color - Shades of yellow to deep orange to scarlet and purple in fall; Usually deep red at Boone County Arboretum.
Bark - Dark reddish brown, almost mahogany, deeply ridged-and-furrowed, forming flat corky ridges.
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Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - 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.
Native Habitat - Maine to Ontario and Michigan, south to Florida and Texas. Cultivated 1630.
Diseases and Insects - 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.
Strength - Excellent for naturalized plantings, roadsides, and home landscaping; with a little extra cultural effort one will be rewarded manyfold.
Weakness -

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