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Atherosperma moschatum

Southern Sassafras

Slow growing, dense conical-shaped tree with nutmeg scented leaves and bark.

Additional information

  • FamilyMonimiaceae
  • StoreyUpper storey
  • Size10-30 m x 2-5 m
  • Plant groupingTrees 5 m +
  • LeavesPairs of shiny green toothed leaves, hairy, greyish-white below, 40-90 mm x 15-40 mm.
  • Flower colourCreamy white
  • Flowering timeMarch to July
  • FlowersScented flowers hanging below the leaves, singly in leaf axils, appearing paired, separate male and female flowers on the same plant.
  • Bird attractingInsects
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsCool moist humus rich soils of wet forests and rainforests. Semi shade to full shade.
  • Garden useLarge gardens or parkland in rainforest areas. Tall screen.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1, 3 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Peter Kinchington ©

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