Sassafras albidum - Sassafras
Sassafras features fragrant spring bloom and serves as a host plant for many native butterflies. Its bright green foliage adorns horizontal branches and turns a striking yellow, orange, and red in the fall. Female flowers produce dark blue fruits held on red stalks that are relished by birds.
- A butterfly magnet!
- Spring bloom is fragrant
- Bright yellow-orange and red fall color
- Fruit is an important food source for native birds
- Superb cover plant for birds and native critters
Woodlands, fields, and along roadsides from Maine to Florida and west to Texas and Oklahoma.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Sassafras bark as been used to produce furniture and boats. The leaves and oils contribute to the production of food products, soaps, and fragrances. Native Americans created tonics from the tree oil for medicinal purposes.
Grows well in average, moist, acidic, well-drained soil.