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The Sassafras tree (Sassafras albidum) is a small to medium sized deciduous tree. It has a shrubby form as a juvenile and grows into a dense pyramidal shape as it matures. The Sassafras tree is found growing on the edges of woodlands in eastern North America. It grows to a height of 30-60 feet with a spread of 25-40 feet. Its roots and bark have been used to make oil that perfumes soap, as well as adding a distinctive flavor to root beer and tea. The leaves turn a vibrant deep red or orange in the fall, providing a stunning autumn display. The attractive mahogany colored bark of this tree forms vertical ridges and furrows.