This Missouri native tree is capable of producing clones from its sprawling root system, allowing it to create genetically identical colonies. It has leaves that emit a spicy fragrance when crushed. 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.
|Latin Name||Sassafras albidum|