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Sassafras albidum

Sassafras

Scientific Name:

Sassafras albidum

Common Name:

Sassafras

Plant Family

Lauraceae (Laurel Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Deciduous Tree

Bloom Color(s):

yellow

Size in Feet:

40 - 50

Light:

part to full sun

Bloom Time:

March - April

Bloom Area:

Coast, Piedmont, Mountains

Leaves

Sassafras is easily recognized by having variously lobed leaves on one tree. The twigs have a spicy smell. Dried, they were traditionally used to thicken gumbo. The roots were made into tea and the oil was used as a flavoring and to scent soap.

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Flowers

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Mary Vigueras, April 2012

Emerging leaves

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Mary Vigueras

Bark

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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