Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
The Sassafras is a deciduous tree (sheds leaves during the fall). The leaves have three lobes. The fruit produced is a drupe, where a single seed is encased in a “stone” with fleshy fruit on the outside. This tree can be found through the southeastern U.S.
|Care||Known Problems||How to Harvest||Mature Size||Notes/Uses|
|Plant in sandy, well drained soil, in areas with full sun to partial shade||If soil becomes too alkaline this can cause yellowing of the leaves (chlorosis); If soil is to wet or not well drained, then root rot can develop||The dark blue to black colored fruit can be harvested during the summer||Can grow up to 30 to 60 feet, but can remain smaller if pruned||It is commonly used as a shade tree; The roots can be used to make tea, and the leaves and twigs are also edible|