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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:22 pm    Post subject: Sassafras albidum in Ireland Reply with quote

Has any here got any experience of growing Sassafras albidum in Ireland.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Sassafras albidum in Ireland Reply with quote

Belfast wrote:
Has any here got any experience of growing Sassafras albidum in Ireland.


I'm no expert on sassafras however I have eight plants growing here in Co. Cork which I grew from seed ~15yrs ago obtained from a reputable American supplier.
Most of the seeds died soon after sprouting. I read somewhere that they disliked calcium/lime so I switched their soil to ericaceous and the remainder survived (8/200 of them).
They have been growing for about 15yrs now (in slightly acid soil and full sun) but there is a great variability in their growth habit. as they range from 2-5m high and one of them (the shortest) is very prone to suckering (~10m radius from the base) so they can have quite an extensive root system.
They appear to suffer from die-back each year although the winters are usually mild also while they do flower, none have set seed so far with the young berries aborting around June.
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