Sassafras variifolium - Plant
Common name: Sassafras albidum
Bloom time: April to May
Height: 30.00 to 60.00 feet
Difficulty level: dificult
Planting & Care
Sassafras is native to the eastern United States. For current distribution, please consult the Plant Profile page for this species his plant is a pioneer tree on disturbed sites in its native range. It is adapted to various soils with low pH. It can be found in woodlands, fields and along roadsides.
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Temprature: 13° C (55° F)
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Sassafras trees are valued for their fragrant spring bloom, interesting horizontal branching pattern, and striking fall color.
- The small trees are medium to fast growing and work well for landscape use as specimen trees and mass plantings.
- They are easy to culture and require little care
Although adapted to dry, sandy soils, they do best in moist, fertile soils in partial to full shade.
- Seeds, root-cuttings or suckers may propagate sassafras trees.
- Seeds are produced every one or two years after the plant reaches the minimum seed-bearing age of ten years.
- Seeds may be gathered when the fruits turn a dark blue
Excellent for naturalized plantings or screens where they are given lots of space to colonize. Also can be grown as lawn specimens.
- The medicinal uses of sassafras by Native Americans were many.
- Infusions made from the bark of the roots were taken internally as a preventive to ward off fever, as well as a remedy to treat diarrhea, rheumatism, measles, and scarlet fever.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose
for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use.
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