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    07 / 03 / 2014

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I have 2 small trees planted (not by me) very close together. Both have similar fairly smooth bark (trees are about 1-1/2″ dia. at base). Both have the same seed growing that is green with a red cap. Seed turned purple then falls off. Interestingly, the leaves from each tree are different. One, the leaves at oblong and pointed at end. The other, the leaves are wider and have 3 lobes (?) with rounded slits between. This is not by insects eating the leaves. Both leaves can be seen in photo.


  • jake12121212 Master Identifier says:

    I would almost bet that there is or had been an older tree in the area. Are there any stumps 4 inch or more in diameter? They spread easily by underground root “suckers”. In time they will form a small grove. I just cannot seem to transplant the little “suckers” (pun intended!) The tea is a must try for you. I put enough sugar in mine so it is as sweet as root-beer. I only did the roots when the tree is dormant. Good luck.

    July 12th, 2014 at 12:27pm

  • lekes Apprentice says:

    I must be VERY lucky! The picture was taken of a tree about 8 feet tall, about 1″ diameter. there are 2 other trees very close to it. I was sharing the knowledge with a neighbor and we were looking at other parts of my backyard and found several other small “trees” about 1-2 feet tall. I might give a try and bury a few of the seeds in potting soil and see what happens!

    July 10th, 2014 at 8:51pm

  • jake12121212 Master Identifier says:

    Sassafras! You must find an older tree. Dig some pieces of root. They make a delicious root-beer tasting tea. As for leaves there are. 1)Left-hand mittens,2) right-hand mittens, 3)no thumbs and 4)one thumb on each side. They are almost impossible to start or propagate. Lucky You!

    July 9th, 2014 at 9:47pm

  • lekes Apprentice says:

    After googling your suggestion…THAT’S IT! Thank you. I didn’t know a single plant/tree could have more than 1 leaf shape. Sasafrass can have 3! Thanks again.

    July 6th, 2014 at 3:17pm

  • Meg Unregistered says:

    Sasafrass trees?

    July 6th, 2014 at 1:16pm

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