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SASSAFRAS albidum

Commonly known as Ague tree

Very upright tree spreading by suckers with aromatic leaves and good autumn colour. A rare tree in the UK
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Large £40.00 each

  • Deciduous - elliptic to ovate leaves can be entire or shallowly to deeply 3-lobed. Dark-green leaves to 15cm (6in) long turn yellow to orange or purple in autumn
  • Yellow
  • Height - 25m (82ft)
  • Spread - 15m (49ft)
  • Tree - deeply fissured bark. Produces racemes to 5cm (2in) across of tiny flowers.
  • Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Exotic plants
  • Medicinal properties - aromatic oils from this plant repel pests and can act as a tonic to lower blood pressure. Was used as flavouring in root beer until the main component of the essential oil, safrole was banned for health reasons (carcinogenic).
  • Pests & Diseases - none
  • Place of origin - eastern North America
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy
  • Scented Plants - Scented foliage
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus-rich
  • Neutral to acid soil - nearer to acid
  • Tree Shape - Broadly columnar
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tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  15m (49ft)
 

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