Sassafras (6"-12") (ATREP) - Bundle of 5
Mature Height: 30-60 ft. It has a deep taproot (Missouri Botanical Garden). The crown is usually flat topped (Virginia Tech University). Difficult species to get established. Early spring planting recommended.
Soil / Climate: Tolerates a wide range of soil types including dry, sandy, and clay type soils. Grows best in moist, acidic, well drained sites. Will grow in full sun or part shade (Missouri Botanical Garden).
Notes: Root suckers are common, so if not removed the tree will begin to look more like a large shrub. Young trees look more like shrubs, but as the tree matures it becomes dense and has a pyramidal shape. In the wild it will form large colonies. It spreads by root suckers. In the spring, showy yellowish-green flowers grow on the ends of branches. They grow in clusters. On female trees, the flowers become bluish black berries which are less than ½ in wide. Leaves come in three different shapes; three lobed, two lobed (mitten), and single oval shape. The leaves, when crushed, are fragrant. The fall colors are red and yellow. Roots can be used to make tea. Native Americans used the oils from this tree in medicines. Although recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has banned the oils (Missouri Botanical Garden).
Description courtesy of Cold Stream Farm.
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