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Sassafras

Sassafras

Sassafras

Sassafras
Sassafras albidum

Common throughout Delaware, this tree is usually found on sandy soils but does not thrive in shade. It is easily recognized by its green twigs, variably shaped leaves (including mitten shapes), and spicy aroma. It is a great native tree for urban areas because of its fast growth and brilliant fall color. Sassafras roots are used for tea and many animals and birds eat the tree’s berries. While its orange-brown wood is light and durable, it seldom reaches a size suitable for lumber.

Sassafras leaves are very variable, some with no lobes or up to five lobes. The tree flowers in April and bears fruit in early fall. Its shiny dark blue berry (drupe) has an aromatic pulp covering a light brown seed.

 

Location Points C.B.H. Height Crown
701 Delaware Ave., Wilmington 1 219 152 55 47
Federal St., Milton 200 132 56 48
Blueberry Rd., Millsboro 189 75 104 38
Brandywine Cemetery