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Sassafras albidum

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Plant ID: SAAL170
Type: Deciduous
Height Mature: 30-60 feet
Bloom Time: Spring
Plant Hardiness: Zone 5
Plant Uses: Autumn Color, Birds and Wildlife, Deer Resistant, Eastern Native, Fragrant
Highly ornamental medium sized tree with spice-scented mitten shaped leaves which turn brilliant shades of yellow, orange, red and purple; shrubby in youth, becoming tree form with age( to 60'), if the suckers are not removed the tree will continue to have a shrubby appearance and will actually start to form large colonies; greenish flower clusters appear in spring, female trees will bear blueish berries (drupes), the stem pith is used as a thickening agent (filé) in Cajun/Creole cooking, the essential oil of this tree has long been used medicinally, but it is currently banned by the USDA for its carcinogenic substances. Our trees are unsexed. S/M

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