Sassafras albidum

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

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Plant Specifics

Size:30-60 ft tall by 25-40 ft wide, forms clones.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow,NA
Fruit Color:Blue,black
Phenology:Deciduous. Inconspicuous blooms in mid-spring. Leaves turn red to yellow in fall.
Habitats:Dry sites. Dry mesic forests.


Recommended Uses:A relatively small tree that often forms thickets. Best used in informal settings.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand



Birds consume fruit.

Larval food for spicebush butterfly(Papilio troilus), tiger swallow-tail(papilio glaucus), palamedes butterfly (Papilio palamedes).

Flowers attract pollinators.