Sassafras albidum (Sassafras) [10 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these only for gardeners who have experience with seeds that need a chilling period to germinate. Sow about 1/2 inch deep in a pot outdoors or in a nursery bed in fall to early winter.

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Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) is a deciduous tree with a tiered branching structure and broad, usually lobed, aromatic leaves. Small sprays of greenish yellow flowers bloom in mid- to late spring. Once they reach about 10 years old, female trees produce dark blue fruits (drupes) on bright red stalks in late summer to early fall. The most dramatic feature of sassafras is its fall color: bright yellow, oranges, and reds. It is also valuable as a larval host and adult food source for several butterflies, including spicebush swallowtail, and many birds eat the fruits. Sassafras can reach 30 to 50 feet tall after many years. It spreads by root suckers and can eventually form broad patches. Native to much of the eastern half of North America; these seeds are from wild trees growing here at Hayefield in Bucks County, PA. Full sun to partial shade; average to moist but well-drained soil. Zones 4 to 9.

Harvested in mid-August 2021. At least 10 seeds. These seeds have been cleaned and stored warm in moist vermiculite since late August 2021. Very limited quantity.

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