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Sassafras Albidum

Botanical Name:

Sassafras albidum

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How to Grow
Water
Medium
Water moderately, allowing the top 3cm to dry out between watering.
Sunlight
Partial Shade - Partial Sun - Full Sun
~
3-6 hours of sun per day, with protection from intense mid-day sun
Soil
Rich, moist, sandy loams. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Acid-based
Characteristics

Bloom Time

Mar, Apr, May

Plant Type

Trees, Native Plant, Poisonous, Tree

Lifespan

Woody, Perennial

Plant Height

12-36 ft.

Flower

Male and female flowers appear on separate trees. The flowers (1/3 inch across) are borne on 2-inch terminal clusters before the leaves. They have no petals but have six greenish-yellow sepals. Female trees bloom more profusely than male trees. They bloom from March to April., Flowers in 2 inch clusters

Fruit

Female trees produce pendant clusters of .4 inch long-inch bluish-black drupes borne in red cup-like receptacles on 1 inch long red stalks. Fruit displays from June to July., Black, Blue

Benefits
Ornamental

Attractive, Blooms ornamental, Fall conspicuous, Aromatic, Mass planting

Attracts

Birds

Butterflies

Warning

POISONOUS PARTS: Bark. Causes only low toxicity if ingested. In experimental animals symptoms include a weak carcinogen. Toxic Principle: Safrole.

Taxonomy

Order

Laurales

Family

Lauraceae

Genus

Sassafras

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