More About Sassafras albidum
- Shrubby when young, maturing to a dense, pyramidal crown
- Clusters of greenish-yellow flowers
- Flowers give way to small, purple berries on scarlet stems
- Ovate, mitten-shaped or three-lobed leaves are bright green
- Fall foliage is a showy yellow, purple and red
- Bloom Time: Spring
Native to Ontario and parts of North America.
To Native Americans, sassafras oils were freely used in tonics as medical panaceas. Culinary uses have included: sassafras tea (bark), root beer flavouring (root oil) and a gumbo-thickening agent called filé (stem pith).
Sassafras Growing and Maintenance Tips
With it showy flowers, unique leaf shape, great fall colours and beautifully coloured fruit, this native tree is a great specimen for any landscape, native planting or park setting.
Sassafras albidum Characteristics
Soil MoistureMoist to Average
Flowering TimeEarly Spring