Trees have three distinctly different 3-5” long leaves: three-lobed, mitten-shaped, and simple, that turn red, yellow and orange in fall. Grown as understory beneath larger trees like eastern white pine, sweetgum, oaks, black cherry, American beech, American hornbeam, and eastern red cedar, Sassafras will stay shrubby. These allelopathic trees will stunt some species such as American elm, allowing it to grow without so much competition where it can reach a height of up to 60’. Larval host plant to Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies, Sassafras is also an excellent wildlife food source for many species of birds and mammals. NATIVE TO THE EASTERN HALF OF THE U.S.