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Old ? Sassafras

Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 12:55 pm
by tsharp
NTS: I came across this large Sassafras January 2020 accidently by turning around in a church parking lots. At first glance my species ID through the car window questionable. After getting out of the car and circling the tree and scratching my head a neighbor came over and confirmed it was a Sassafras.
I had never seen on that showed a lot of age as this one does.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Trees/Sassafras-albidum/i-8FhnDfG/0/5af8fae6/M/DSCN4596-M.jpg

https://photos.smugmug.com/Trees/Sassafras-albidum/i-TdvSBdh/0/f3e59faa/M/DSCN4594-M.jpg

14.1' x 52.6' x 56.5' (acs)
Location is Williamstown, WV.

Re: Old ? Sassafras

Posted: Sun May 10, 2020 6:33 pm
by ElijahW
Turner,

What a tree (Or “Sass,” as Tom Howard would say)! I’ve never seen anything comparable, either. Great find.

Elijah

Re: Old ? Sassafras

Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 11:32 am
by bbeduhn
That's a beast! I doubt it has great age, though. We have a planted one in the NC mountains that is huge as well. I never see big sassafras in the forests in NC, but they get big in TN.