Sassafras albidum (sassafras)

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Notes

Key Characteristics

  • Leaf blades of 3 distinct forms present on the same tree; unlobed, 2-lobed, 3-lobed; margins entire; turning pink, red, or orange in autumn
  • Spicy-aromatic twigs, buds, bark, leaves, and roots
  • Fruit a shiny, dark blue drupe, born on a bright red, narrow pedicel
  • Clone-forming in the open

Sourced from page 109 of "Michigan Trees"

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