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Sassafras variifolium - Plant

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Excellent for naturalized plantings or screens where they are given lots of space to colonize. Also can be grown as lawn specimens.
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Sassafras variifolium Plant

Description for Sassafras variifolium

Plant height: 3 - 6 inches
Plant spread:

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic, loamy soils. Tolerates dry, sandy soils. Large taproot makes transplanting of established trees difficult.

Common name(s): sassafras
Flower colours: Green
Bloom time: April to May
Max reachable height: 30.00 to 60.00 feet
Difficulty to grow: dificult

Planting and care

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic, loamy soils. Tolerates dry, sandy soils. Large taproot makes transplanting of established trees difficult. If root suckers are not removed, tree will spread and begin to take on the appearance of a large multi-stemmed shrub.

Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Water: Medium
Temperature: 13° C (55° F)
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Sassafras variifolium

  • 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.

Typical uses of Sassafras variifolium

Special features: Also can be grown as lawn specimens.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose

Medicinal use: 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.

References

  • http://www.gardenguides.com/taxonomy/sassafras-sassafras-albidum/
  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=i820

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