Yellow Sassafras, Doryphora sassafras
Doryphora sassafras is a species of evergreen tree in the Atherospermataceae family. It is commonly referred to as Sassafras, Yellow sassafras, Golden sassafras, Canary sassafras or Golden deal.
D. sassafras is a straight trunked tree with a smaller crown. It has been known to grow to a height of 82 to 105 feet. Its trunk can reach a diameter of 4 feet. It contains glossy green leaves that appear opposite on the stem. The leaves measure 3 to 4 inches long and .8 to 1.6 inches wide. The margins of the leaf are shallow to deeply toothed, and have a pleasant “sassafras” aroma when crushed. Small white flowers bloom in groups of 3 on short stalks in the summertime from May to July. They are followed by dark, hairy fruit that ripen between February and August.
Image Caption: Leaves and flowers of a Yellow sassafras (Doryphora sassafras). Credit: Poyt448 Peter Woodard/Wikipedia (public domain)