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Plant Species of the genus Sassafras

Information about this genus
Name: Sassafras
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Sassafras species are reasonably frost hardy. They prefer deep, fertile, well-drained soil and will grow in sun or partial shade. There is a tendency to produce multiple trunks and pruning can be directed to encourage this habit or to make a single-trunked tree as the situation dictates. Propagate from seed, suckers or root cuttings.
Description: This genus includes just 3 species. They are deciduous trees and have a rather scattered distribution, occurring in temperate East Asia and eastern North America. The trees have been cultivated for their aromatic oils which repel pests and so are valuable in the furniture industry. Sassafras leaves may be smooth-edged or lobed, are downy on their undersides and sometimes develop vivid autumn colors. Racemes of tiny, petal-less, yellow-green flowers appear in spring with the developing leaves and are followed by blue-black drupes.

Specie Vernacular Zone
albidum 5-9

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