The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section IV. Deciduous Ornamental Trees

Visual character of Sassafras

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The Sassafras is a very agreeable tree to the eye, decked as it is with its glossy, deep green, oval, or three-lobed leaves. When fully grown, it is also quite picturesque for a tree of so moderate a size; as its branches generally have an irregular, somewhat twisted look, and the head is partially flattened, and considerably varied in outline. After ten years of age, this tree always looks older than it really is, from its rough, deeply cracked, grey bark, and rather crooked stem. It often appears extremely well on the borders of a plantation, and mixes well with almost any of the heavier deciduous trees. As it is by no means so common a tree as many of those already noticed, it is generally the more valued, and may frequently be seen growing along the edges of cultivated fields and pastures, appearing to thrive well in any good mellow soil.