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Sassafras albidum

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Sassafras
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Trees
Comment:

Three distinct leaf forms; clear yellow, orange, pink to scarlet fall foliage; deep tap root makes transplanting large plants difficult; pyramidal, irregular form; birds attracted to fruit; leaves larval food for swallowtail butterflies

Description:
Deciduous tree; leaves alternate, simple, smooth-margined, either unlobed or 2-3-4-lobed; flowers in axillary clusters, yellowish, 6-parted; fruit a blue-black drupe on a reddish stalk
Height:
30-60 ft.
Flower:
Yellow, weakly fragrant flowers in April; male trees are more showy; dark blue drupes on female plants
Zones:
4-9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; moist, well drained soil but is adoptable
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Pyramidal in youth; short contorted branches; flat topped, irregular rounded crown with age
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; moist, well drained soil
Fruit:
Yellow, weakly fragrant flowers in April; male trees are more showy; dark blue drupes
Family:
Lauraceae
Origin:
USA, NC
Distribution:
Throughout
Poison Part:
Bark
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion
Symptoms:
A weak carcinogen in experimental animals
Edibility:
EDIBLE PARTS: Tea made from young roots. Sweeten to taste. Only moderate amounts should be drunk. A spicy jelly can be made from strong tea with lemon joice, sugar and pectin. Green winter buds and young leaves can be added to salads.
Toxic Principle:
Safrole
Severity:
CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN
Found in:
Forest or natural area in thin woods, along fence rows, edge of woods, old fields; landscape as ornamental small tree
Width:
25-40 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate to rapid
Leaf:
3 to 7 in. alternate, simple leaves; three distinct leaf forms; clear yellow, orange, pink to scarlet fall color

NCCES plant id: 555

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