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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.
Sassafras albidum

Gardening Tips

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