Sassafras albidum /Sassafras

Sassafras albidum  / Sassafras albidum
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Scientific Name: Sassafras albidum
Common Name: Sassafras
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This is a long lived pest free tree. Male and female flowers are on separate plants. Trees are often found growing in colonies. Yellow to red autumn foliage color is especially attractive and quite dependable. Roots yield an oil that flavors sassafras tea. Gumbo "file" is made from the crushed dried foliage.