A medium to large sized conical shaped tree, It grows to around 6 to 25 m tall in warm temperate areas, in cold areas such as Tasmania it can grow as large as 40 metres. It is a slow growing tree. The leaves and bark have an interesting scent, similar to a musky nutmeg. The dark green leaves are attractively coloured, with silver-grey undersides, and the creamy-white flowers are also a lovely feature. It attracts insects, butterflies and birds and provides caterpillar food. It likes a moist shady spot and soils with good organic matter.
The wood is in demand for decorative woodwork.
|Scientific Name:||Atherosperma moschatum|
|Common Name:||Southern Sassafras|
|Plant Type:||Small tree, Large tree|
|Height:||6 ~ 40 metres|
|Width:||2 ~ 5 metres|
|Flowering Time:||Autumn, Winter|
|Soil Type:||Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Cool temperate|
|Light:||Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade|
|Soil Moisture:||Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects|
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