Here are a couple of close ups of a Sassafras tree, Sassafras albidum--a bud and a branch. Leaves are either three or one lobed, or no lobes at all. They're very colorful in the fall. I read that young leaves make a good thickener for soups and gumbo.
Years ago a friend taught me to identify Sassafras and dig up roots for their great flavor. I think I'll look for some sassafras tea...
Sassafras sends up cloned trees from its extensive root system. I'll be on the lookout for more specimens. Most that I've noticed in the area aren't any taller than twelve feet but they are found up to sixty feet.
I'm looking forward to photographing Sassafras throughout the seasons. Actually, I guess I feel that way about everything here.