This sale is for 10 hand-sorted seeds. Please check our store for more seeds or ask for a different quantity.
Genus - Sassafras
Species - Albidum
Common name - Gumbo file
Other names - Cinnamon Wood, Mitten Tree, Ague Tree
Pre-Treatment - Required, (long term germination)
Hardiness zones - 4 - 9
Plant type - Medium tree
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Growth rate - Medium to Fast
Plant growth rate - Medium to Fast
Known for its distinctive beauty as well as culinary and ethnobotanical history, sassafras is an all-round great eastern North American tree. Some other colorful common names for this hardy, deciduous tree include cinnamon wood, mitten tree, ague tree. The name "gumbo file" refers to its leaves which are ground to form the flavorful thickening agent for the favorite Louisiana stew, gumbo. "Mitten tree" is made in reference to its unique leaves that come in three forms: simple leaves, mitten-shaped leaves and three-lobed leaves. And the "ague", an old generic term for fever with chills, was thought to be cured by a sassafras tincture, hence the name "ague tree." Native Americans were the first to use many parts of the tree both for traditional medicine and food preparations.Mature sassefras trees reach a medium to large size and develop broad, flat crowns with age. Those growing in very sandy, poor soils may be considerably smaller and shrubby. This is an adaptable tree that can withstand many growing sites but is most commonly found growing in open forests, old fields or scrubby sites with well-drained soils. Clusters of showy, five-petaled, greenish yellow flowers are borne in spring. These have a spicy sweet scent that’s likened to rootbeer. They are followed by greenish drupe fruits that age to blue-black. The crisp green leaves appear with the flowers and may be simple, mitten-like or three-lobed. In fall they turn glorious shades of yellow, orange, red and peach. Sassafras bark is grayish and furrowed but the twigs are green and remain attractive olive green through the winter.Rarely grown as a landscape tree, sassafras is suitable for large landscapes and offers year-round interest and beauty. It develops best if provided a location with full sun and well-drained, moderately fertile soil. If its crown is topped, it will develop water sprouts at the base and adopt a multi-stemmed habit. It is a shallow-rooted tree so refrain from planting it in areas where high winds are common. There are some disease problems to be aware of including verticillium wilt, which can kill whole branches or trees.In addition to being used in classic gumbo, sassafras is used to flavor rootbeer and make tea.
WE ALWAYS INCLUDE PRINTED GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS
E X T R A S E E D S
Yes, the ( + ) sign in the title does always mean the extra seeds for you.
Additional amount depends on the size of seed and the total amount of seeds purchased and might be more than 5-20%. Please note - it is the GIFT for our buyer. The specific amount is not guaranteed but we will do the best to make you happy.
NOTE: the extra seeds will not be included with the seeds listed WITHOUT ( + ) MARK in its title!
P A C K I N G
The uniform seeds are packed in one plastic bags unless otherwise requested by the buyer.
The seeds are securely packed in plastic labeled bags. You will get every seed with printed germination instruction included. You will found the link to access the extended PDF version online as well.
You will receive:
1. Seeds packed in plastic labeled bags
2. Printed germination instructions
S H I P P I N G
We will ship from FLORIDA (UNITED STATES) or LITHUANIA (EUROPEAN UNION) on the same or next business day after payment cleared by USPS First Class Mail in airtight bags and secured bubble padded or selected at our discretion envelopes to ensure safe delivery of seeds, with the propagation and printed germination instructions. But you should check additional Internet resources for proper germination methods.
Delivery time depends on your location (we always ship on the same or next business day after cleared payment):
a) European Union - 3-10 days
b) Other countries around the world - 10-30 days
We are not responsible for packages that are lost due to an incorrect shipping address (!!!) To ensure the secure delivery, please ensure your shipping address is correct.
I N T E R N A T I O N A L B U Y E R S - P L E A S E N O T E:
All possible import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding or buying.