Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 120 days
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, keep moist, mulch the seed bed, can be sown outdoors in the fall for spring germination
Introduce yourself to the vibrant Sassafras albidum, a versatile deciduous tree that graces North America with its beauty and uses. Known for its vibrant fall colors, the Sassafras grows to around 45-100 ft tall with a trunk of up to 24 inches in diameter and a crown of slender branches. The furrowed bark is dark red-brown, and its leaves come in three unique shapes, each of which can be found on the same branch. In the fall, leaves turn enchanting shades of yellow, orange, and purple.
The Sassafras boasts small, fragrant yellow flowers and dark blue fruits that sit on a bright red stalk—an enticing treat for birds. The roots and leaves have been traditionally used in tea-making and even soups due to their aromatic and spicy qualities.
Sassafras is valued beyond its aesthetic appeal. It has roots in medicinal use, primarily for pain relief and dental hygiene, due to its essential oil, aptly named Sassafras oil. Its root bark has also been used to extract acids for perfume manufacturing.
The wood of Sassafras, a durable, deep orange-brown, was once used for various needs such as posts, rails, and small boats. Today, it’s often admired as a distinctive choice for furniture.
With all these wide-ranging benefits and delightful features, it's easy to see why Sassafras albidum is loved by many.