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Tuesday, September 27, 2011


I LOVE Sassafras! It's beautiful in any season, but I'll feature fall- probably no surprise. Here's the golden understory row it creates along a road.

sassafras trees in fall

But last week I also got some nice pictures. Mostly because it wasn't raining, which it sure was today!

Here are the classic sassafras leaves. They come in three shapes- regular leaf shape, the classic mitten (perfect for Michigan!), and the three-lobed ones.

sassafras leaves in fall

Here's a sight I don't find too often, though. Sassafras fruits! The blue-black orbs are the fruit. The red "vases" are the stems. Birds have already eaten quite a few of these.

sassafras fruits

It poured rain most of the day, and I was out doing assignments. Can't complain though- it's not too hot!

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rainfield61 said...

Can't complain.

Nature dictates.

Secondary Roads said...

I like the distinctive shape of the leaves. That alone makes it a winner in my book.

betchai said...

ohhh, beautiful sights!! the foliage, the details in the leaf and the fruits, they all look vibrant and beautiful.

Ann said...

I don't believe I've ever seen sassafras fruits.
We had a lot of rain last night but it's been beautiful all day today

Lin said...

I like going to fall festivals because you can usually find someone who makes sassafras candy. YUM!

gallerydarrow said...

Oooooo interesting and beautiful, I've never seen it before.

No rain in sight 90 degrees yuck!

Sharkbytes said...

rainfield- it sure does. In the end we can't change it to suit us

Chuck- It's distinctive in any season- a real standout.

betchai- does this one not grow in the west?

Ann- I know, the fruits don't seem to show up all the time

Lin- the FDA has now decided that sassafras is a carcinogen!

Ro- your weather sounds awful. You are the second westerner to say that. Must have an eastern range.

Unknown said...

Oh sassafras. So nice to chew on.

sir rob said...

It was just a few days ago when I told a colleague how I am fascinated with this kind of tree that it changes its color with every season. Now I know the name.

Sharkbytes said...

John- now the FDA has decided it's a carcinogen!

borris- all the deciduous trees here change color. Stick around. I'll be showing more of them.

RNSANE said...

It seems to me folks in the South used to make sassafrass tea - is it from this same plant?