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Sassafras

Sassafras

Sassafras

Sassafras Albidum

A small to medium size tree native to eastern USA and occurring infrequently in southern Ontario. Rarely planted in New Brunswick. Attractive leaves that often grow in the shape of a mitten turning yellow, orange or red in fall. They are also very aromatic when crushed. Fruit provides important food for local wildlife. Male and female flowers occur on separate trees and are pollinated by bees and other insects. Only trees with female flowers will produce fruit. Plant at least 2 trees to boost chance of successful fruit production.

Additional information

Foliage

Deciduous

Locale

Native to North America

Height

Small (under 30ft)

Width

Moderate

Form

Irregular, Round

Growth Rate

Moderate

Longevity

Short (under 50 years)

Hardiness Zones *

4, 5

Sun Exposure

Full Sun (over 6 hrs), Partial Sun (4 to 6 hrs)

Soil Preferences *

Moist, Slightly Acidic, Well Draining

Soil Tolerances

Dry, Slightly Alkaline

Other Tolerances

Occasional Drought

Ornamental Interest

Leaves (colour), Leaves (shape)

Wildlife Value

Bees (flowers), Birds (fruits/seeds), Butterflies (flowers), Butterfly Larvae (leaves), Insect Pollinators (flowers), Small Mammals (fruits/seeds)

Seed Collection

Ordered Online

Planting Considerations

Produces Suckers

*Useful Links

Hardiness Zones – Canada’s Hardiness Zones

Soil Preferences РMulti-Purpose Soil Tester