Sassafras - Sassafras albidum
Widely distributed from Texas across the East and south to Florida, Sassafras is often shrublike in colder locations, but forms a tree up to 60 feet tall in warmer habitats. It grows from lowlands to the higher mountains. The leaf is variable in shape, from a single lobe, to mitten-like, to three-lobed. Autumn color is yellow or reddish. The flowers are borne in short clusters and open before the leaves, with male and female flowers on separate trees.The wood is fragrant, and the leaves, twigs, and fruit are eaten by wildlife. Sassafras roots were traditionally used for root beer.