Sassy Sassafras

“The world is exploding in emerald, sage, and lusty chartreuse – neon green with so much yellow in it. It is an explosive green that, if one could watch it moment by moment throughout the day, would grow in every dimension.”
― Amy Seidl, Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World

Spring Sassafras Leaf Display With Three Different Leaf Shapes

Sassafras albidum  is a native, deciduous, aromatic tree with a very unusual characteristic-it has three different leaf shapes..   The new leaves in the above photo show all three shapes. They resemble  turkey foot, mitten and football shapes. All parts of the tree are very aromatic. Pull up a seedling and smell the roots-root beer!  Learn more about this unique tree at the following link.

Sassafras Albidum