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  1. #1

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    tree id?

    Tthe branches of this tree have a lovely sweet smell when broken.
    A friend said it was either a weed tree??? or a dogwood that wasn't watered enough and didn't bloom????? Help, we just moved in and are wondering what it is. Thanx!
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  2. #2

    RE: tree id?

    That's called a: Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
    Their leaves can be football shaped, mitten shaped, or ghost shaped.
    The leaves in the fall turn nice shades of yellow, orange, red, or a mixture of these.
    It's a nice little tree, and to me the crushed leaves smell lemony and sweet.

    Pictures and info:
    http://www.floridata.com/ref/S/sass_alb.cfm
    http://www.duke.edu/~cwcook/trees/saal.html
    http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro/dendrol...s/salbidum.htm
    http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/si...as/albidum.htm
    http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/c...s_albidum.html
    http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plants/s/sasalb/sasalb1.html

    Many years ago lots of people used to flavor rootbeer or make a tea with the roots of the tree, but now it is shown to be unhealthy. The roots do smell just like rootbeer when a piece is twisted or cut.

    Warning:
    Use of sassafras oil has caused abortion in pregnant women. Research in the 1960's showed that safrole, a principal constituent of oil of sassafras, caused liver cancer in mice, and the US Food and Drug Administration outlawed the sale of flavorings (including oil of sassafras) containing it. Today's rootbeer is made with synthetic flavorings or oil of sassafras from which the safrole has been removed. Apparently filè powder does not contain enough safrole to be dangerous, and it is available commercially.
    http://www.floridata.com/ref/S/sass_alb.cfm

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    RE: tree id?

    Thank you so much for all the info. It was very interesting to read up on this tree and finally know what it is!


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