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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SASSAFRAS albidum

 
Available Early Spring 2022 - Spring according to the Met office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore early spring is early March to mid-April. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
£40.00 each 
Delivery Information Available Early Spring 2022
plant size comparison icon 3 Litre

 

  • Deciduous
    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
  • Leaf shape
    Elliptic see photos above
  • Ovate
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • 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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25m (82ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  15m (49ft)
 

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