Sassafras albidum (Sassafras)

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic, loamy soils. Tolerates dry, sandy soils. Large taproot makes transplanting of established trees difficult. If root suckers are not removed, tree will spread and begin to take on the appearance of a large multi-stemmed shrub. Blooms are greenish white, fall color is excellent: yellows, oranges, and reds.

Associates: Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple), Amelanchier arborea (Serviceberry), Aquilegia canadensis (Columbine), Lindera benzoin (Spicebush), Ostrya virginiana (Ironwood), Quercus alba (White Oak), Quercus rubra (Red Oak), Sanguinaria canadensis (Bloodroot), Smilacina racemosa (False Solomon’s Seal), Solidago caesia (Blue-stemmed Goldenrod)


Additional information

Fall Colors

Orange, Red, Yellow


Full, Partial



Tree Size

25-40' h x 30-60' w


Dry, Medium, Wet