The Sassafras tree is a small to medium size deciduous tree that can be found in the Eastern United States.

[Elementary School students]

Did you know?

The tree is easy to identify in autumn because of the colors.

The fall colors are a brilliant autumn display, with leaves turning yellow, deep orange, scarlet and purple.

Who knew that this tree had medicinal properties?

Native Americans used sassafras to cure many different conditions, such as for a spring blood tonic.

What part of the tree is used to make a soda?

The root of the Sassafras tree is used to make root beer.


[Middle School students]

Habitat (where it likes to live)

Well drained soils in full sun and also in wet soils
Location: Eastern and central North America  (Zone 4 to 9)

Requirements (what it needs to live)

Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Shade Tree, Street Tree and Rain Garden

Identification (what it looks like)

Flowers and foliage are fragrant
Leaves have tree shapes – oval, ‘mitten shaped and three lobed
Good fall colors

[High School students]

Habit (how it grows)

Height: 30 to 60 feet
Spread: 25 to 40 feet
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: Green to yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Tolerate: Dry and sandy soils
Flower: Showy
Fruit: Showy
Fall color: Bright, multi-colored leaves



Fall color(s)

Suggested Use (where to plant it):

Residential: As an ornamental tree in the garden
Rain Gardens – To look good and help shade other plants
Parks – Seth Hand Park


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