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Sassafras albidum

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Rare in the UK, Sassafras albidum is a small tree with variable leaves, usually with conspicuous lobes and stunning autumn colour. Pale green through spring/summer, they turn vivid shades of orange, red or yellow in autumn before falling.

This tree prefers a moist, well drained soil and a position sheltered from the wind.
An excellent choice of tree for year-round foliage interest.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (60 - 80 cm tall)

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Sassafras albidum | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Well drained, moist soils.
Hardiness: Hardy but Sassafras albidum can be fickle and requires protection from late spring frost when young.
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Sassafras albidum grows to be a small or eventually medium sized tree, pyramidal when young and generally rounded once mature.
Height: 12 m (40 ft)
Spread: 8 m (26 ft)

Notes: Please also note that Sassafras albidum is generally hardy but can be a fickle and difficult plant, suitable for experienced gardeners only. As such, it is not covered by our normal guarantee.

Plant Finder: about Sassafras albidum

Common names

Ague tree


Sassafras albidum (Ague tree). This is a beautiful hardwood tree. The leaves have a pleasant aromatic smell. The bark of the roots can be used to make tea. It will produce attractive, bluish berries on long bright red fruit stalks. The autumn colour is a brilliant red to yellow.


You will need to plant in deep, fertile, well-drained, acidic soil in full sun or light shade. Propagation is from seeds or suckers in autumn or from root cuttings in winter.

Interest and use

Grown for their aromatic foliage.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Sassafras albidum | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Fertile, Light, Medium
  • WaterMoist

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