Sassafras - Sassafras albidum
Features: This tree has interesting leaves that can be unlobed, have three lobes, or two, giving a mitten effect. They have been used in cooking by Native Americans and to flavor gumbo. Its roots were traditionally used for root beer.
The nectar of this tree's flowers feeds many native bees and flies. It is in the same family as the Spicebush and its foliage feeds several types of Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars and moths. It forms clusters of dark blue drupes (like berries) in the fall which feed many birds and sometimes squirrels and deer and rabbits may browse the bark and foliage. It may send out lateral shoots to propagate itself.
Light: full or partial sun
Soil: medium to dry, adaptable
Height: 30 to 60 ft.
Trunk Width: 1 to 2 ft.
Flower color: white
Fall color: yellow to orange and red,
Special note: pollinator hot spot, butterfly host plant, loved by birds, edible fruit
Photo 2 from wikipedia.org
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