• USDA Zones 4 to 9 (Find Your Zone)
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • 30 to 60 Feet Tall by 25 to 40 Feet Wide
  • Prefers Moist Soils but Tolerates Drought
  • Tolerates Clay
  • Fruit Enjoyed by Birds
  • Butterfly Host Plant


Sassafras albidum is a small to medium-sized tree native to Eastern North America. The tree prefers moist acidic soils in full sun to part shade. Interesting greenish yellow flowers bloom in spring and are followed by black fruits. Sassafras has a tendency to sucker and produce colonies, so prune any suckers to maintain a single-trunked form. Fall color is excellent, ranging from purple to burnt orange.Birds enjoy the fruits. Sassafras is also a larval host plant for Spicebush, Tiger swallow-tail, Palamedes, and Pale Swallowtail butterflies. The tree has a history of medicinal and culinary use, being used to flavor root beer and gumbo. Plant as a specimen or at woodland edges.

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