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Sassafras Tree

A Fragrant Tree with Many Uses 

The Sassafras tree is a medium-sized tree valued for its many unique features.  It starts out with a shrub-like appearance, so would do well in a naturalized area of your landscape or a backyard setting.  

The overwhelming positive feature of this tree in one word is “fragrant”. 

You’ll love the green-yellow flowers that appear in the spring.  Their gentle sweetness will draw the attention of bees and butterflies from miles around.  It’s one of the few trees that’s attracts the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly.

You’ll marvel at the adorable mitten-shaped leaves that emit a delightful scent when crushed in your hand.  Even the twigs and bark, resplendent in their rich mahogany hues, are aromatic. 

Your entire Sassafras tree is a study in beauty and scent!  

When fall arrives, you’ll enjoy watching birds and other wildlife flock to the tiny dark blue berries that stand upright on red stalks from your tree’s branches. 

The mitten leaves will transform your autumn landscape with variations of red to yellow before relaxing into winter’s rest.   

Your Sassafras is an amazing tree with a rich history in lore and uses.  Native Americans used the tree extensively, and many people still do today. 

It’s often called the “root beer tree” because of the flavor it produces, especially when made into a tea.  The leaves are dried, crushed and used in recipes such as traditional gumbo, candies and jelly.

The Sassafras tree can grow to 70 feet and has an irregular crown.  It’s considered pest free and hardy.  

Plant one today and treat yourself to years of fragrant beauty and fascinating benefits.  

* Fragrant features
* Spring and fall color
* Pest free


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Fragrance Review by Old Nick
I never get tired of the fragrance of this tree. This year I am going to try to make some Sassafras tea.
I love this tree Review by Happy in New York
The Sassafras tree is striking in fall. There's so much I like. The aroma alone is worth planting one. If you get a chance, boil a root for an amazing fragrance in your home.
Fantastic Smell Review by Cajun Gardner
I love the smell of this in my yard. It is a great looking tree and I plan to make my own gumbo fil├ę this year!
A great tree Review by Ittiz
Like Littledibs I live in Southern NH. However these trees are more than shrubs on my land. I don't have any 100' tall, but I have half a dozen or so 30'+ tall. This tree has a very nice citrus like odor when the twigs are broken, and the roots have a very nice deep rooty smell to them when cut. I have a bag of the root dried in my fridge and it seems to keep the bad smells out.
Beautiful Tree--But Potentially Toxic Review by Cannonbooks
I found out that sassafras used to be the second most popular U.S. export in the 1600's (after tobacco). I used to love sassafras tea, but found out that safrole (the flavoring agent in the bark) may be toxic. So you might want to lay off the tea. I have heard that file made from the leaves is probably fine. This is a beautiful and fragrant tree. Couldn't recommend it more highly!

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Plant Facts

Family Sassafrax variifolium
Foliage Green
Mature Height 40 - 80 feet
Mature Spread 30 feet
Soil Heavy Loam
Zones 4-8
Moisture Widely Adaptable
Mature Form Shruby, Multi - Stemmed
Growth Rate Moderate
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Partial Sun
Flower Color Yellow, Green
Fall Color Yellow to Red

Sassafras Tree.

Rating: 4.9/5 based on 10 review(s)
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