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