Sassafras albidum, Sassafras

Size: tree, 30-60' average height at maturity (25-40' spread)

Buds: terminal flower bud, ovoid, .33", laterals small green and divergent, 4-6 scales

Leaves: deciduous, alternate, 3-7" long, 2-4" wide, simple, ovate to elliptic, tips acute to obtuse, margins entire, mitten-shaped or 3-lobed, bright or medium green changes to yellow, deep orange, scarlet, and purple in fall

Twigs: glabrous, fragrant when broken, few lenticels, raised leaf scars with dark bands just beneath contrast with green twig color, often reddish when exposed to direct sunlight

Flowers: usually dioecious, yellow, faintly fragrant, in terminal racemes up to 2", no petals, bloom in April

Fruit: .5" dark blue with scarlet pedicel

Bark: dark red-brown with deep ridges and furrows forming flat corky ridges