How close together should sassafras trees be planted?
I would say at least 10-15 feet apart.
I am close to Columbus, Oh. and just read that a certain butterfly likes a Sassafras bush. Do you know where I could find these bushes? I have butterfly bushes and Milkweed, and I would like to include this bush also. I know I have heard of the tea, so I know they are around, but where? Any suggestions? Nawnie1
Sassafras Trees can be grown in zones 4-9.
Here is an article with more information about this tree.
You may be able to locate a tree in a local greenhouse or garden center.
Many times they can special order a specimen for you.
You can also Google sources for this tree and you should be able to purchase a bare root tree to have shipped to you.
I have found all kind of things of what to do with my saplings but none on how to plant them....I ordered them from a tree place and it came with no instructions. Do I bury the whole thing past the stem or leave some of the roots out? I just don't know how deep and how far up the sapling I should go any help will be appreciated. Thank you.
The roots will need to be planted, no roots should remain above ground.
Here are some links with more information.
I was told that a sassafras tree is trouble free and never needs pruning. Yet every spring at least two to five branches on our tree do not bud or leaf out and I have to take them off. This was easy to do when the tree was young, but this year there are two branches in the upper canopy that are leafless and there is no way for me to reach them. Is it normal for a sassafrass tree to lose that many branches yearly, or is our soil poor or weather too difficult for it? We live in zone 5, have acidic loamy to clay-like soil and the tree is planted on the southwest corner of our property. Beside this yearly loss of branches, the tree appears healthy and happy. Thank you for your help.
Pruning is rarely needed in a Sassafras Tree, but in the case of winter die back , these branches can be removed. These trees are vulnerable to wind and ice damage as the wood is brittle.
There are several sassafras trees growing wild on our northern Michigan property, I was wondering how to harvest the best parts and what are they for maximum use for our family
This article from a reputable website will explain all that you need to know about harvest and preparation: http://www.stonecirclefarm.com/articles/sassafras.html
New Planting of about 7 feet
First, do a soil test. If there are deficiencies, correct them. Unlike annual flowers, no fertilizer is recommended for trees if your soil is adequate. They need time to grow strong wood and stay healthy. An inch or two of compost or shredded leaves under the drip line is all that is needed. Keep up with watering as this plant does best in moist to wet soils.
Somewhere in the past I read that when replanting a sassafras seedling, you must make sure and replant it in the same North/South/East/West orientation in which it was originally growing. Is this true? Thanks.
I researched several reputable sources such as University extension websites and none of them mentioned that about transplanting sassafras.