Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
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Latin (scientific) name: Sassafras albidum
Common English name: Sassafras
Other names: N/A
French name: Sassafras officinal
Grows on road sides and disturbed sites. Can be invasive
Very tolerant of a variety of soils.
Young bark corky and rough, deeply grooved when mature.
Alternate, simple rounded leaves, some oval, others one or 2 rounded finger shapes.
Small black berries in clusters, with red stalks pointing upwards.
Part of the laurel family, has a spicy odour when bruised.