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synonyms: Sassafras officinale var. albidum
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 5 to 9
Attractive small to medium sized tree of broadly conical habit and often suckering to form thickets. Variable, boldly lobed leaves, usually with good yellow, orange and red autumn colours.
Inconspicous short, catkin-like racemes of tiny green-yellow flowers in spring, later followed by blue-black, egg-shaped fruits, about 1cm long, held on red stalks, ripening in late summer. Dioecious, male and female trees are required to produce seed.
Leaves and bark are aromatic.
Well drained, preferably dryish sandy, lime-free soil in sun or part shade. Drought tolerant once established.
From seed. Transplant into final position when young, as they form deep tap roots and resent disturbance.
By separation of rooted suckers.
Commonly used for food and drink flavouring. Also has medicinal properties and was widely used by native North Americans.
Native to eastern USA.