Sassafras trees grow up to 30 meters on Assateague, and has a spread of up to 15 meters. Its leaves are green during the spring, which turn red and orange during Autumn. It has bright yellow flowers, as well as a dark-blue fruit, and its bark is grayish-brown. It is a native of Eastern North America and is used as herbs and many other medicinal purposes. Its oddly shaped leaves (pictured above) have led to its nickname, the 'ornamental tree.' Many birds are attracted to the tree, making it a birdwatching attraction.

Assateague Sassafras Site