Sassafras is a native North American tree known for its brilliant display of autumn foliage and aromatic “root beer” smell. The leaves have a unique mitten or three-lobe shape and turn enchanting shades of yellow, deep orange, scarlet and purple in the fall.
Sassafras has exceptional features in all seasons. Small yellow flowers bloom in early spring. Aromatic leaves are bright green in summer and yellow to orange to brilliant red in fall. Dark blue berries on female trees hang from bright red stems in September. In winter, the tree offers green twigs, red-brown furrowed bark, plump flower buds and unique branch architecture.
The roots can be harvested to make sassafras tea and the leaves can be dried and ground to make the spice Filé, which is used in Cajun gumbo.
The medium- to fast-growing sassafras can be trained as a single-trunk tree or a dense, bushy thicket.
height of 30–60′ and a spread of 25–40′. Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree.
Extra large 2-3 foot plants