Sassafras albidum

Featured Plant Category: Edible Native Plants, Shade Tolerant

Height: 30 to 60'

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: April to May

Bloom Color: Green-Yellow

Soil Moisture: Medium

Soil Type: Average, acidic, loamy.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 4,5,6,7,8,9

Other Names: white sassafras, red sassafras, silky sassafras

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Sassafras is an ornamental, small to medium sized deciduous tree. It’s known for having three different leaf shapes: ovate, mitten-shaped and tri-lobed. They have attractive clusters of green-yellow flowers, male and female being separate trees. Can be kept as a single-stem tree or allow root suckers to grow and form a large shrub-like appearance. Sassafras can be used to makes teas, and a flavoring for root beer, but please do your research to know how to properly use the plant. It has beautiful yellow, orange, and red fall foliage. Sassafras is the larval host for many types of swallowtail butterflies, such as the Palamedes Swallowtail (pictured above).


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30 to 60'

Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

April to May

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture


Soil Type

Average, acidic, loamy.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

white sassafras, red sassafras, silky sassafras

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Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: These boxes can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

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