Monday, October 21, 2013

Sassafras, October 21, 2013

Sassafras albidum
One of the first trees to show Autumn color here is the Sassafras.

Three leaf patterns
The Sassafras is unusual in that there are three distinct leaf patterns all on the same plant:
Un-lobed (oval), bi-lobed (mitten shaped), and tri-lobed (three pronged).

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18 comments:

  1. It is like three plants in one! Nice seeing the different stages of change too.

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  2. The sassafras leaves are so pretty and the mix of color is lovely. genie

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  3. I sure miss these trees since I moved to South Ms. We don't have many here-I have transplanted several and they never make it long. I always called it the mitten tree-some of the leaves remind me of mittens. I love their fall colors.

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  4. I just dug some trees up for a co-worker. I hope they make it. They were tiny.

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  5. This is something I never noticed before... I will have to take a closer look and investigate! Thanks for pointing this out Lea!

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  6. I miss Sassafras trees too, and the fragrance/taste of the tea.

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  7. How interesting about the leaves!!! And starting to get the fall colors too!!!

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  8. You are getting some nice fall color! I'm not familiar with the Sassafras tree, but I do like the pattern of those leaves. Is that what they make the sasparilla (?) bevrage from? It seems I have heard of sassafras tea also but I don't think the tree grows in our area but maybe possibly in the foothills. I will have to look!

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  9. That does have an autumn feel to it. Some of out gum trees here have very different leaves as young plants compared to the old ones - not the same thing as your plant, but confusing none the less!

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  10. Beautiful colors of the leaves!
    Nice captures..

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  11. Oh, the sassafras! I just love these trees! We had one, but unfortunately, it no longer lives. It was such a joy.

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  12. I don't believe we have any of that around here. The first sign of red I see usually comes from sumac trees.

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  13. What a fun plant! The colors are pretty, too.

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  14. Beautiful autumn colours, this is a tree I have never even heard about before, nature does colours spectacularly at this time of year!

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