SCIENTIFIC NAME: Sassafras albidum

COMMON NAME: sassafras

LEAVES: 3 types (mitten, 3 lobed, and non-lobed) with entire margins and pubescence underneath. Up to 3" in length.

FLOWERS: 1/2" diameter yellow flowers before the leaves in the spring.

FRUIT: Blue/black fruit like a drupe on a short stalk.

BARK: Peels up on its side. Brown ridged and furrowed.

OTHER: Grows 30' to 50' tall. The whole tree is aromatic. Roots are used to make sassafras tea which according to legend will cure most any ailment. Native, but not in the trade. Leave on the site if found. Has good red fall color. A member of the Lauraceae family.