Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1330

Tree
Perennial
Dioecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in a wide variety of forests, old fields, disturbed areas, fencerows, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Yellow
Unisexual
Radially symmetrical
3-merous
6 deciduous tepals
9 fertile stamens on staminate flowers
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Blue-black
Drupe

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Magnoliids: Laurales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Sassafras albidum   FAMILY Lauraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sassafras albidum   FAMILY Lauraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 084-02-001:
Sassafras albidum   FAMILY Lauraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Sassafras


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_saal5_002_lhd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_sasa17_001_lvd

        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_sassafras_albidum

January        

Bark grayish to brown, thickening w age, fissured and with elongated ridges, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm0502a_03

February    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Twigs greenish, spicy scented, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm0303y_16

March    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Clusters of yellow flowers appear before the leaves, per Wild Flowers of NC, 1st edition.

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JK Marlow    jkm0403q_15

March    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0403q_16

March    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0403q_21

March    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm150311_832

March    Pickens County    SC

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Keith Bradley    kab_s_albidum_2972

March    Lexington County    SC

Perianth segments 6, each 3-5mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm0304a_05

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

The original source of root beer, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm0304a_21

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0404a_23

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE flowers of Sassafras and Spicebush

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JK Marlow    jkm130420_539

April    Transylvania County    NC

Foothills Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm160504_412

May    Jackson County    NC

Panthertown

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_sassafras_albidum_2

May        MA

Arnold Arboretum

Elongated ridges broken horizontally by cracks or in blocklike scaly plates, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm160603_863

June    Jackson County    NC

Foothills Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm160603_864

June    Jackson County    NC

Foothills Trail

This leaf sports extra lobes.

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JK Marlow    jkm0307h_01

July    Greenville County    SC

Jones Gap State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm090718_041

July    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm170818_665

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_sassafras_albidum_6

August        

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JK Marlow    s040814_a

August    Transylvania County    NC

Roadside

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Will Stuart    wil_9713885726_ebc18cf353

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Drupe blue-black [when ripe], borne erect by red stalks, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE fruit of Lauraceae family

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JK Marlow    jkm0210m_00

October    Henderson County    NC

Roadside

Leaves may be brilliant yellow, orange, or red, per Fall Color & Woodland Harvests.

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JK Marlow    jkm0410h_10

October    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

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JK Marlow    jkm0410i_32

October    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

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JK Marlow    s041024_a

October    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    s041024_b

October    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Leaves can be unlobed, mitten-shaped, or 3-lobed; margins entire, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Giant Ragweed and Sassafras

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JK Marlow    s041027_d

October    Henderson County    NC

DuPont State Forest

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JK Marlow    s061021_a

October    Greenville County    SC

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Sam Pratt    sbp_2127

November    Franklin County    TN