Sassafras albidum

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Sassafras albidum
COMMON NAME(S): Sassafras
SYNONYM(S):
FAMILY: LAURACEAE - Laurel family
ORIGIN: Eastern United States
HABITAT: Open woodlands, generally on moist, well-drained soil
RANGE:
TYPE:
HEIGHT: 15-50'
CHARACTERISTICS: Bark reddish-brown, branches short and thick, spicy odor when crushed
LEAVES: Alternate, simple, entire, sometimes with 1-2 lobes, 4-6" long, 2-4" long, 2-4" wide, hairy when young, with spicy odor when crushed
FLOWERS: Small, yellow, in short branched clusters; separate male and female plants
FLOWERING SEASON: Spring
FRUITS: Egg-shaped, 1/2" long, fleshy, dark blue with a bright red cup at the base and containing a single, large seed

 

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