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Sassafras Tree

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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



Plant Facts

Family Sassafras variifolium
Foliage Green
Mature Height 40 - 60 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 30 feet
Soil Heavy Loam
Zones 4-8
Mature Form Shruby, Multi - Stemmed
Growth Rate Moderate
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Partial Sun
Flower Color Yellow, Green
Fall Color Yellow to Red

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