The sassafras tree has three different leaves on the same tree. One leaf is oval, one is shaped like a mitten, and the third is divided into three lobes, similar to a duck's webbed foot. The leaves curve upward and are between five and seven inches long.
Early North American settlers used the roots to make tea and many people continue to do so, even though the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) banned its use commercially in 1976.
You can still harvest your own sassafras roots or buy it online as an herb.
I took all the photos of the sassafras tree leaves, except for the blossoms, which was on Wikipedia. ~~ Angela Johnson