This Missouri native tree is capable of producing clones from its sprawling root system, allowing it to create genetically identical colonies.
|Latin Name||Sassafras albidum|
|Color of Leaf||Medium green with yellow, orange, or red fall color|
|Shape of Leaf||Mitten-shaped or ovate, fragrant|
|Color of Flower||Yellow|
|Shape of Flower||Irregular, clustered|
|Fruit Characteristics||Dark blue drupes on female trees|
An interesting feature of the Sassafras is its uniquely lobed leaves. The number of lobes on a leaf range from none up to three, when on most trees the number of lobes stay uniform throughout. Sassafras leaves had been used for centuries as a healing oil and as a flavoring agent, although recent work has found that the oil may have carcinogenic compounds. This has resulted in the banning of sassafras oil products across the US.