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Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Sassafras albidum

Sassafras leaves



  • Native to eastern and midwestern United States and Canada.

  • Height is usually 30-60'.

  • Leaves can have one or two lobes, or no lobes, often on the same tree. Rarely, three, four, and five lobed leaves will occur.

  • Sassafras roots were used to make root beer before being banned. 

  • Dried ground leaves are used to make a Filé powder to flavor traditional gumbo recipes.


Tree # Location Dimensions Photo and Notes

5901 N Borthwick Ave
Right of Way

37' Height
41' Spread
6.2' Circ.

Sassafras, Heritage Tree # 344