List of Trees 61-90

Sassafrass

Sassafras albidum (Nutt.) Nees

Family Lauraceae

 

The Sassafras tree is common throughout the county. It prefers to grow in full sun and thrives in almost any soil type. This tree provides a moderately-hard wood that has been used as fence posts, fishing rods, materials in boat-building, and as yokes for oxen. The oil (from the roots) has been extracted and used as flavoring in the original "root beer". The leaves are dried and ground for a flavoring in soups and gumbo (file powder). The leaves can be entire (no lobes), mitten-shaped (two lobes) or the often-seen three-lobed pattern. The leaves are quite aromatic when crushed.

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