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Sassafras Tree

Sassafras Tree
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Product Details

Growing Zones: 4-9 outdoors

(hardy down to -20℉) 
      4-9 outdoors
   Map 4-9 outdoors
Mature Height:
30-60 ft.
Mature Width:
30 ft.
Growth Rate:
Botanical Name:
Sassafras variifolium
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Product Description

Stunning Shade and Color

Sassafras Trees have color for every season and kick off the spring with tons of bright yellow blooms to brighten up the scenery. Then the iconic three lobed lush sassafras leaves grow to create a thick, full green canopy all summer long.

In the fall, the green leaves turn stunning shades of yellow and red to attract everyone to their blazing beauty in both urban and countryside settings. Dark berries that birds and other small wildlife enjoy hang off of bright red stems for a striking color contrast.

Once the vibrant leaves drop, they reveal the Sassafras Trees’ stunning wrinkled white bark that stands out amongst the winter landscape with eye-catching beauty.

Grow Sassafras Trees anywhere in the country. They are recommended for growing zones 4 through 9. Cold temperatures and ice up north and humidity and heat down south pose no threats to this low maintenance, hardy tree. There’s no excuse for not growing your own root beer. And all you need to get results is two Sassafras Trees for pollination!

Sassafras Trees are sweet and beautiful trees that sell out fast. Be sure to order yours before they are all gone.

Pollination Info

Sassafras Tree Pollination

Sassafras Trees are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting.

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Sassafras Trees

I love my little Sassafras trees! They are taking off nicely, and I cannot wait to get two more! To see the mature tree is so encouranging for color and shade, and refuge for birds. Thanks!

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Doing well in East Texas!

United States

Sassafras tree

This tree arrived in great condition and did not show any signs of transplant shock after repotting!

Jola H.
United States

Pretty little tree!

It arrived today only slightly beat up from the shipping. It was well packaged which helped protect it from rough handling. It's a very leafy, lively little tree and only dropped about 3 leaves on the trip. I had to cut off about 3 or 4 more leaves that were damaged in transit but the tree itself looks really good and healthy. I watered it well and placed it in my greenhouse because I'm not quite ready to plant it yet but will get it in the ground as soon as a spot for it is prepared.

Pedro H.
United States

I don't have a tree

I don't have a tree i only have a little dry branch


We're sorry to hear that your tree has arrived with some concerns! It's likely still dormant, but go ahead and send us some photos and we'll be happy to take a look!

Planting & Care

Location: When planting Sassafras tree, find a location that offer full to partial sun. The tree will do best in partial shade with a balanced soil with sand to aid in drainage. Also, choose a spot that is sheltered from heavy winds.

Planting Instructions:
1) Dig your hole 3 times the width and slightly shallower than the root ball.
2) Loosen the soil, in and around the hole so the roots can easily break through.
3) Use your fingers to separate the roots of your Sassafras Tree and gently position downward in the hole. The top of the root flare (where the roots end and the trunk begins) should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
4) Hold the tree straight as you begin to backfill the site, tamping down the soil as you go.
5) When finished, apply water to settle the soil and remove any air pockets that may have formed.

Mulching: Protect the roots in the cold of winter by applying a thick layer of pine needles, bark or wood mulch. To avoid fungus and rot, keep the mulch about 2 inches from the trunk. Mulching will also help with keeping the soil moist as well as to deter weeds and grasses from growing.

Watering: Water your Sassafras Tree 2-3 times a week during the summer and fall, only when the soil becomes dry on top. Watering in winter is rarely necessary. When you water, give it a good, deep soaking to ensure it penetrates down to the deepest roots. Avoid over watering, as these tree do not like sitting in water.

Fertilizing: Little or no fertilizer is needed during the first growing season. Too much fertilizer when the tree is young can stunt root growth and possible injury the tree. You can fertilize established trees twice a year, in February and again in mid June.

Pruning: Sassafras Tree don’t really need much pruning, except initially to develop a strong structure. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring before the tree start leafing out.

Shipping Details

Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.

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$15.00-$23.99 $13.95
$24.00-$39.99 $16.95
$40.00-$79.99 $19.95
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$99.00-$124.99 $29.95
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