Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)


Common names: Sassafras, Laurier des Iroquois


Distribution : Eastern North America


Color/appearance : Heartwood is a medium to light brown, sometimes with an orange or olive hue. Color tends to darken with age. Sapwood is a paler yellowish brown, though it isn’t always clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Overall, Sassafras bears a strong resemblance to ash (Fraxinus spp.) and chestnut (Castanea spp.).


Janka hardness: 630 lbf


Density: 2.58 lbf


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 4.0%

Tangential (width): 6.2%,

Volumetric (total): 10.3%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.6


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Sassafras has been reported as a sensitizer. Usually most common reactions include nausea and respiratory effects. Oil extracted from the roots and wood of Sassafras has been shown to be toxic and weakly carcinogenic if ingested.


Sustainability: CITES: No, IUCN: No


Common Uses: Utility lumber, fence posts, boat-building, and furniture.


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