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.

Family : Monimiaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Small tree, Large tree
Width : 5
Flowering Time : Autumn, Winter
Soil Type : Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Climate Zone : Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Growth Habit :
Soil Moisture : Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses :
Scientific Name: Atherosperma moschatum
Common Name : Southern Sassafras
Height : 40
Flower Color : White
pH Level : Neutral
Plant Environment :
Light : Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects