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Sassafrass
Sassafras albidum

This medium-sized deciduous tree, also called White Sassafras, is native to eastern North America. The trees grow 15-35 m tall and produce bright yellow-green shoots that become reddish-brown and furrowed with age. These shoots were once used to flavor root beer, however, most commercial root beers have replaced the extract of Sassafras with an extract found in the bark of Black Birch.

Habitat:Woods, fencerows, and roadsides.
Growth Habit:Deciduous shrub to medium-sized tree growing to 15 m tall, occasionally to 30 m.
Bloom Time:Late spring.
Longevity:Moderate.
Presence in US:AL AR CT DC DE FL GA IA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MO MS NC NH NJ NY OH OK PA RI SC TN TX VA VT WI WV
Presence in Canada:ON
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