Sassafras is a North American native tree that provides vivid fall color and interesting mitten-shaped leaves. In the wild it can form thickets, a trait that may not be appropriate for every landscape.
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Chicago area
- North America
- Zone 4
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Zone 8
- Zone 9
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Partial sun (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Dry sites
- Road salt
- Acid soil
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Large tree (more than 40 feet)
- Medium tree (25-40 feet)
- Mid spring
Tree & Plant Care
- This tree must be planted in the spring.
- This is a thicket-forming plant.
Disease, pests, and problems
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Tolerant of black walnut toxicity.
Native geographic location and habitat
Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife
Bark color and texture
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
- Shape: mitten-shaped, or oval or mitten-shaped with two 'thumbs'
- Color: green
- Fall Color: yellow-orange
Leaves are aromatic
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Cultivars and their differences