Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)

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Forest Types: Oak-Hickory / Appalachian Cove


Small understory tree with bright green, fragrant leaves with 0-3 lobes (on the same tree); growing east of the Great Plains.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: Understory tree; along the edges of woods and in poor soil; growing east of the Great Plains.

Stature: 10-50 feet high; to 2 feet in diameter; with an open crown.

Leaves: 3-6 inches long; simple; toothless; with 0-3 lobes on the same tree; bright green above; duller green below.

Bark: Thick; reddish brown; furrowed when mature.

Fruit: A bluish berry on a bright red, club-shaped structure.

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Sassafras albidum

Sassafras albidum

Sassafras albidum

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