Doryphora sassafras – Sassafras

A large rainforest tree, not for gardens as it grows to around 30 metres tall, but good for parks and farms. Fast growing in moist and fertile soils, adaptable to different situations. It produces good wood for cabinet making. Autumn to winter flowers are small and white, sweet smelling.

Scientific Name:Doryphora sassafras
Common Name:Sassafras
Plant Type:Large tree
Height:25 ~ 35 metres
Width:3 ~ 5 metres
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Windbreak, Fragrant
Special Uses:Fast growing


Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.