Sassafras berries now after years of none

barbamaman(z5/6 OH)August 24, 2007

I don't understand my sassafras tress at all. Someone wanted berries several years ago, and since we often find lots on our lane many years, I promised him some. For the next 4 years, we couldn't find a single tree with berries, and we're talking 80+ acres here.

We have lots this year, funny little dark purple ovals with 1 orange spot...anybody want some for something interesting I don't have?

I have extra Early Lilac Syringa oblata seedlings, too and there will be ripe Spicebush berries soon. Probably Bittersweet berries, Celastrus scandens, too, as usual, this fall.

For those of you wanting woodland around your home, just help the wild encroach. In natural wooded zones, like our eastern Ohio, wild arrangements are always more graceful and interesting than what we create, seems to me.


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Hi Barb. I've tried to transplant sassafras seedlings that I found in the past w/no success. I love the fragrant smell of the broken twigs...I didn't know they had berries. We live in Ohio too, moving to a country area near Akron soon on a lot I'd like to naturalize. I haven't been able to find a source for sassafras "starts"....any ideas where in our area we might find some? Terry

    Bookmark   October 6, 2007 at 3:33AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Musser Forests (in Pennsylvania) is one of the few places I've found sassafras seedlings. I've had good luck ordering from Musser. I included a link to them below.


Here is a link that might be useful: Musser Forest

    Bookmark   October 6, 2007 at 8:30AM
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barbamaman(z5/6 OH)

Terry - In somewhat acidic soil, moist edge-of-woods settings, Sassafras seeds sprout readily and push their way through the leaf litter to take their chances with vigor. They are easy to keep weeded because their distinctive mitten leaves develop early, and the root beer smell likewise.

If you'd like a little group of them, seeds would be your thriftiest option.

Musser is excellent; fatamorgana is right.


    Bookmark   October 6, 2007 at 10:17PM
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