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Sassafrass albidum

 

  • Common name:  Sassafrass
  • Habit: Tree
  • Light: Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun), Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun), Shade (< 2 hrs. direct sun) 
  • Water Needs: Moist
  • Height: 15-30′
  • Flower:  Green, Mar, Apr, May
  • Fruit: Berry
  • Fall Color: Yes
  • Habitat: Bottomland Deciduous Forest, Woodland Edge
  • Larval host for: Many species of lepidoptera, see below.

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Sassafrass is the larval host for many gorgeous species of moths and butterflies, among them: Sassafras Caloptilia Moth Caloptilia sassafrasella, Promethea silkmoth Callosamia promethea, Imperial moth Eacles imperialis, Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio Troilus, Black-waved Flannel Moth Lagoa crispate, Drexel’s Datana Datana drexelii, Pale Metarranthis Metarranthis indeclinata, Tulip-Tree Beauty Epimecis hortaria.

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