Sassafras Tree - Sassafras albidum is a lovely, deciduous, North American native tree recognized for its beautiful autumn color display, unique foliage shape and aromatic smell. Displays lush bright to medium bright green leaves with a unique three-lobe shape. In autumn their foliage ranges from colors of yellow, orange, scarlet, and purple. Grows small inconspicuous yellow flowers in spring and yields small dark blue fruit in the fall. Attracts pollinators, birds and other wildlife due to its fruit and wonderful aroma. Is hardy and very easy to grow, grows in moist, well-draining or sandy, loamy soils and tolerant of a variety soil types.
Full sun to partial sun.
Attracts birds, bees and butterflies.
Native to North America
Yellow flowers, non-fragrant
In 1574 a Spanish physician announced that Sassafras was a cure for almost every human ailment!? While that turned out not to be even remotely the case, Sassafras is commonly used in Creole seasoning and Louisiana style cuisine. The Sassafras tree can be found as far north as Southern Ontario and as far down as central Florida! With a hardiness zone of 4-9 it's a perfect addition to any garden needing some autumn color.