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Sassafras albidum (Nutt.) Nees
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.