Sassafras: Simply Fruitful

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In a previous Tree of the Week, I featured sassafras, but noted that I did not have an image of their very cool-looking fruits, though I once did have said image. I figured that I had electronically misplaced or that it was from all the way back in the Kodachrome Slide Era (somewhere between the Dirt Age and the Middle-Age Anthropocene).  So…


Voila. I have seen bright carmine red fruits, and here you can see both the early speckled green phase and cool grape-Kool Aid purple. Sassafras, a lovely native tree.


sassafras fruits turning purple


  And for a final bonus, images of some sassafras stem, characteristics. The young, the little older, and the mature trunk (with fall foliar color).


sassafras stem with lenticels
Young sassafras stem


a little older sassafras stem


sassafras trunk and fall foliage color