edible, native, fragrant, wildlife
Perhaps best described as intriguing, sassafras has several distinctive features. The tree produces three different leaf shapes (all mitten-like, with varying numbers of "fingers"). All parts of the tree are pleasantly aromatic. The tree yields oil of sassafras, which is used as a flavoring; the roots have been used to make tea; and the young, tender leaves and stems have been used as an ingredient in various dishes, including filet gumbo. In addition, autumn foliage colors of sassafras are often brilliant, and the small fruits are eaten by birds. (Some trees may produce only male flowers, and no fruit.) An interesting and attractive addition to the landscape. Prefers a moist, well-drained, acidic soil, but is quite adaptable.
cat # 1D8T