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Species: Sassafras albidum

(sas'ih-fras a'bih-dum)

Sassafras albidum

Sassafras

Found on Course Walks

Maples, Beeches and Others

Map of plant locations

(Plant location data may be incomplete)

In Collection(s):

None Listed

Cultivars

'Birch Mountain'

Ornamental Characteristics

Tree > 30 feet

30' - 60' (spread 25' - 40')

Deciduous

pyramidal; irregular

various soils; full sun or light shade

Environmental Characteristics

Full sun, Part shade

5b

Can tolerate acid to neutral soil (pH 5.0 to 7.4)

bright green foliage turns brillliant yellow, orange, red in fall; dark cinnamon furrowed bark; blue-black fruits and bright red stalks

Occasionally saturated or very wet soil; Consistently moist, well-drained soil; Occasional periods of dry soil
See graphic below

Insect Disease

relatively free of problems; borers and bagworms may seriously weaken trees

Bare Root Transplanting


Other

very difficult to transplant; transplant as young plants from container or B&B in early spring; suckers

Moisture Tolerance Graphic

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Moisture Tolerance

Moisture graphic
Occasionally saturated or very wet soil
Consistently moist, well-drained soil
Occasional periods of dry soil
Prolonged periods of dry soil
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