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Sassafras albidum • White Sassafras, Cinnamon-Wood, Mitten-Tree


Sassafras is a deciduous tree species that is native to eastern North America and eastern Asia. It is a rare tree in Ontario, occurring in scattered pockets in southwestern Ontario and as far north as Toronto. It typically grows up to 20 meters tall and is commonly found in open woods, along fences, or in fields. It grows well in moist, well-drained, or sandy loam soils and tolerates a variety of soil types. The leaves are a distinguishing feature and are often referred to as “mitten” shaped.



Leaves bright green and fragrant. 2-3 lobes, with leaves resembling mittens. Yellow to red in fall.


Dark blue, berry-like, and sitting in a cup at the tip of a long stalk. Ripens in July-August.


Dark brown with corky ridges and fragrant. Tree has zig-zag shape.


Greenish-yellow. Male and female flowers on separate trees. Flowers in loose clusters at base of new shoots. Flowers in late May.

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