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Plant Details

Sassafras albidum

Sassafras, White Sassafras, Ague Tree, Sassy Tree

Scientific Name:

Sassafras albidum

Common Name:

Sassafras, White Sassafras, Ague Tree, Sassy Tree

Plant Family

Lauraceae (Laurel Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Tree/Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

yellow

Size in Feet:

40 - 50

Light:

part to full sun

Bloom Time:

March - April

Bloom Area:

Coast, Piedmont, Mountains

Habitat Description:

A wide variety of forests, old fields, disturbed areas, fencerows. Common throughout NC.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

Sassafras, White Sassafras, Ague Tree, Cinnamon Wood, Mitten Tree, Saloop, Smelling Stick
Spicebush butterfly, Tiger swallow-tail, Palamedes butterflies, Pale Swallowtail

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

Flora of North America
Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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