Then, how fast does a sassafras tree grow?
This tree grows at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13″ to more than 24″ per year.
Likewise, why is sassafras banned? In 1960, the FDA banned the ingredient saffrole — found in sassafras oil — for use as an additive because in several experiments massive doses of sassafras oil were found to induce liver cancer in rats. It should come as no surprise that chemicals and artificial flavors are used to flavor root beer today.
Likewise, how long do sassafras trees live?
In 45- to 80-year-old mixed hardwoods and mixed pine stands, sassafras seedlings and saplings occur in large numbers. They rarely survive more than 30 years except on moist sites.
Are sassafras trees invasive?
Sassafras isn’t an invasive species, especially in MD. An invasive species is one not native to your area. Sassafras is a native species. It actually makes a decent lumber, and usually fetches red oak prices.