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 five to seven inches long.
The sassafras tree is also known as cinnamon wood, saxafrax, saloop and ague tree (ague means an illness with fever and shivering).
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.