* Leaves in three different shapes, all of which are usually found on
a single plant. They may be either egg-shaped, shaped like a mitten,
or in a "three fingers" pattern.
* Leaf undersides chalky white, hairless to velvety-hairy, 2-9".
* Twigs green, branched, sometimes hairy.
* Crushed leaves, bark, and twigs emit a spicy odor.
* Mature bark red-brown, furrowed.
* Flowers greenish yellow, in long drooping spikes.
* Fruits blue and fleshy.
* Height: 10-50'.
* Flowers April - June.
* Fruits August - October.
* Habitat: Old fields and woods.
* Range: Southern New England and east central United States.
* Sassafras has been highly valued for its supposed medicinal value;
in 1602, its wood cost 332 English pounds per ton. It was one of the
first exports sent to England by Captain John Smith of the Jamestown
* Tea can be made by boiling the outer bark of sassafras roots.
* Sassafras oil, extracted from the root bark, is used in some
soaps and was once a candy flavoring. A bark extract was also
used to dye wool orange. Its wood has been used for barrels,
canoes, and fuel.