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Name: Tom Cagle
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Mar 15, 2015 10:37 AM CST
I seem to be searching a dry hole as far as googling this question goes.

The short is: does sassafraas make seeds or does it (as I suspect) only spread by rhizome.

Enquiring minds want to know. No, really ;)
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Mar 15, 2015 10:43 AM CST
IDK bit i pull it out all over the yard! I highly suspect rhizomes. Sighing!
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dave
Mar 15, 2015 11:00 AM CST

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If I recall correctly, sassafras does make seeds but only on female plants. It seems that its primary means of spreading is through the underground structures.
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chelle
Mar 15, 2015 11:16 AM CST
dave said:If I recall correctly, sassafras does make seeds but only on female plants. It seems that its primary means of spreading is through the underground structures.


I agree

I've found very few seedlings here, but there are some. Thumbs up
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Name: Tom Cagle
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Mar 16, 2015 7:58 AM CST
FW Schumacher offers seed. So my first guess was wrong. (That this was a by rhizome only). They do mention viability problems for seed, which only makes sense as this is a bottom-land tree.

So, no matter if you collect or buy seed, mix it in with some dampened peat or perlite and refrigerate damp seed till fall plant out.
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sooby
Mar 16, 2015 8:44 AM CST
The USDA Forest Service has a page about sassafras that includes seed stratification requirements and says vegetative propagation is better by root cuttings than stem cuttings.

http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/silvics_manual/volume_2/sassafr...

I don't see any mention of rhizomes in the above, or in a couple of tree books I checked, seems vegetative spread is by root sprouts.
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Mar 18, 2015 1:03 PM CST
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Sassafras drupes + mockingbird eating drupes....

You gotta look fast... once the birds start on them... they don't last long...

There's a seed in each drupe + sassafras colonize like sumac or american persimmon.

I've transplanted the small sassafras trees, but it's difficult...
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