Sassafras - Sassafras albidum 

Native to USA

State distribution (USDA): AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX,     VA, VT, WI, WV 

Medium-sized deciduous tree, ranging from 30 to 60 feet tall, with a spread of 25 to 40 feet. Sassafras is perhaps best known for its spicy smell and distinct leaf shape but it is also quite effective at attracting birds. In spring, before the leaves emerge, small flowers appear, which are attractive to insects (which will in turn attract insectivorous birds). In fall, the Sassafras tree produces fleshy berries which are consumed by birds. In the wild Sassafras often forms thickets, which make this tree an attractive shelter and nesting option for some birds.

Birds That Are Most Commonly Associated with Sassafras

American Robin     Brown Thrasher     Cedar Waxwing     Downy Woodpecker     Eastern Bluebird     Gray Catbird     Great-Crested Flycatcher     Insectivorous Birds     Northern Flicker     Northern Mockingbird      Pileated Woodpecker     Red-Eyed Vireo     Wild Turkey     Veery