Sassafras - Sassafras albidum
| Introduction |
Sassafras is a small tree or shrub that spreads over time through root suckers. It tends to grow in somewhat shady areas. Roots of Sassafras are used to make Sassafras tea. Leaves and twigs have a nice smell. Native to much of the eastern US. The flowers are yellowish green and bloom in early spring. Also known as Sassafrax variifolium.
Sassafras is a Host Plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail
Spicebush Swallowtails use both Sassafras and Spicebush as a host plant. Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillars are one of the most fascinating caterpillars I've ever seen. Click on the link above to see pictures of both the caterpillar and the adult butterfly.
Where to buy Sassafras
I highly recommend Nature Hills Nursery.
The price for one Sassafras tree at the time I'm writing this is $21.95, but could change as
the supply available changes.
How to Propagate Sassafras
Sassafras is difficult to grow from seed, and cuttings don't grow either (I know, I tried!). It is best to buy this plant from professionals who know how to propagate it.
The Laurel Family
Sassafras is a member of the Laurel Family which consists of mostly large trees and a few shrubs. Avocados, bay leaves and cinnamon are produced from members of this family.
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