Serendipitous Sassafras

Do you recognize these leaves? Look carefully- you can spot a variety of shapes- single lobe, mitten, and tri-lobed- all on the same tree. Sassafras albidum is a great native tree that brings back childhood memories of walking the woods to find the fragrant root beer bark. I  found this sapling growing in the middle of my garden between the hibiscus and hydrangea. A pleasant surprise that certainly foreshadows some good fortune. I am lucky to find such a tree and will cultivate this sapling in my perennial border, right where it by chance decided to grow.

One Response to “Serendipitous Sassafras”
  1. Sara Bartley says:

    How great is that?! a wonderful little surprise. also the serendipitous ‘secret’ ingredient in apple butter.