Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Sassafras (Sassafras albidium)
    Laurel Family
    Sassafras is a three season tree with high wildlife value. Greenish yellow blooms appear in early spring before leaves appear. They are followed shortly after by 3 different leaf shapes, most notably the mitten shape. Leaves turn brilliant shades of yellow, orange, and red. Blue fruit on red cups are very attractive, but sometimes hard to find because the birds eat them so quickly. This is a smaller tree that is great for the home landscape. It will form a thicket over time, making a great hedge. If spreading is not desired, cut back new suckers. Plants are dioecious, with male and female flowers occuring on separate plants. Host plant to many species of moths and butterflies, but notable to the Spicebush Swallowtail.
    Blooms:  Yellow/green, 2-3 weeks, March-April, plants are dioecious
    Leaves: Matte green leaves have multiple forms, with the most common being the mitten, known for fall colors of yellow, orange, and red
    Height: 35-50’
    Space: 35-50’
    Soil: Average-Moist
    Exposure: Full sun-Part sun-Part shade
    Fauna: High value plant–birds love the berries, host plant to dozens of moths and butterflies
    Seeds: Very attractive navy blue fruit are perched on red cups and stems, fruit is born on female trees only

    Deer Resistance:Medium

    Zone: 4-9
    Native Status: NC native, common across the state
     NC, seed grown