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Sassafras - Sassafras albidum

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GeneralitŠ°

Sassafras albidum or sassafras is a medium-sized deciduous tree native to North America; the adult specimens can reach 6-10 meters in height, they are fairly long-lived, medium-slow growth essences. It has an erect stem, with brown bark, sometimes cinnamon-colored, which tends to crack and break into flakes over the years; the foliage is dense and very disordered, often flattened at the apex; the leaves are wide, lobed, can have two or three lobes, or be oval, each single tree carries leaves with different lobes; they are bright green, turn yellow or orange in autumn before falling. In spring it produces small racemes, which gather small scarcely decorative, greenish-yellow flowers; female plants in summer produce numerous small fleshy berries, dark blue in color. This plant is used in herbal medicine, from the roots and from the wood an aromatic oil is extracted used to produce perfumes; sprouts and leaves are also used in cooking.


Exposure

Specimens of trees of sassafras they adapt easily to any lighting and climate conditions; they endure hot summers like the harshest winters. This genus of plant has excellent rusticity and, for this reason, they are trees that are generally used in large gardens, as single specimens.

They have a great resistance and therefore can also be used in gardens that do not have a good position or unfavorable morphological characteristics.

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