Plants By Type
Sassafras - Sassafras albidum
Sassafras, otherwise known as Sassafras albidum, is a deciduous member of the tree family with native roots encompassing the range of Eastern North America. Considered a moderately simple plant to maintain, its hardiness has been proven as it is easy to grow in average well-drained soil. A suitable choice for gardeners with sizeable garden space, sassafras blooms April through May and thrives well in full sun or part shade conditions offered by optimal growing zones 4 to 9. These are zones recommended for species of plants that demonstrate compatible growing environments as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture. Sassafras albidum reach a height that averages 30 to 60 feet tall at full maturity and is rated as moderately sensitive to water levels and pruning.
Also a flowering tree, the Sassafras is formed of a canopy of wide, large, true-green leaves with a medium-pigmentated deep hue and pale white veining apparent. The surface area and outline of the leaves change shape as the leaves reach maturity, forming spade-like patterns and variations of such. The blooms are delicate and hypnotic to insects. Flower structure is of compound organization with six pale yellow translucent petals and subtle veining visible throughout, the center contains darker yellow pigment apparent within the nine stamens possessed by the male flower, and also the centered pistil of the female. The natural habitat is fields, open woods, and along fences- sassafras flourishes in environments similar to such. Prefers moist, well-drained soils or sandy loam soils, but is fairly tolerant of a wide variety of soil conditions. Depending upon the amount of rainfall, sassafras reportedly shed leaves in response to climate change. The leaves, bark, twigs, stems and fruits are consumed and utilized by birds, mammals, and insects. The sassafras compliments a naturalized garden atmosphere or habitat offering room to grow and space to thrive.