How to Prune Sassafras


The sassafras tree grows 30- to 60-feet tall and 30- to 40-feet wide. Its rounded canopy makes it an ideal tree for landscaping your yard or for planting alongside roads. Sassafras was the original inspiration for the root beer beverage. Both the roots and the bark have been used for medicinal purposes throughout history. Sassafras trees are hardy and resistant. They require only a small amount of pruning to promote growth.

Step 1

Prune your sassafras tree when it is young by removing all but a single trunk of the tree. Cut the sections off by cutting at an angle with your pruning scissors. Pruning down to a single trunk works well for landscaping trees. Leave the other branches, however, if you want your tree to grow out more dramatically.

Step 2

Pinch off the stem tips with your fingers while your tree is still young, so they will branch out more later in their growth.

Step 3

Use your pruning scissors to remove any dead branches as your tree grows. This will help to keep your tree healthy.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning scissors


  • Sassafras Care
  • Sassafras
  • Pruning Trees
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Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.