Atherosperma moschatum- Southern Sassafras

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
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Neutral
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
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Fragrant
Attracts Wildlife:Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

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The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




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