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Sassafras

 

Sassafras albidum 

Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) is a small tree with fun leaf shapes. It has small fruit that attract birds and is the host plant for the spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus), tiger swallow-tail and Promethea Silkmoth (Callosamia promethea). In addition, it has beautiful fall foliage.  


 leaves and developing fruit

Leaf shape is variable.

photos copyright Hester Burch

 

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