Sassafras albidum
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Hardiness Zone: 04-Sep Height: 30-60 feet; 9-18 metres Spread: 25-40 feet; 7.5-12 metres Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Medium Wildlife: Birds attracted to fruit; leaves larval food for swallowtail butterflies Tolerates: Deer; drought; sandy soil; clay soil Culture: Sassafras appreciates shade and grows well in deep woods. It needs adequate moisture and shelter (protect from drying winds). It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to yellowing of the leaves in alkaline soils. Large taproot makes transplanting of established trees difficult. If root suckers are not removed, tree will spread and begin to take on the appearance of a large multi-stemmed shrub. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution. Noteworthy Characteristics: Sassafras is an ornamental, deciduous tree, shrubby in youth, but maturing to a dense, pyramidal tree. Mitten shaped leaves turn excellent yellow, purple and red fall colors.