Near Whitehouse Landing in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Tea Tree
— Sassafras albidum —
Sassafras is best known for the spring tonic made from dried roots.
Although the tea from Sassafras is still used today. It is now known to contain cancer causing ingredients.
Smitten with Mittens
Sassafras leaves are very unique. A tree can have three different leaf shapes on the same twig.
Some are OVAL; others have one lobe, resembling a mitten; while still others have THREE LOBES.
The berry-like fruits are eaten by wild animals including bobwhite quail, rabbits, white-tail deer, wild turkey and black bear.
Sassafras became a major export in the 19th century, at one time ranking second only to tobacco.
Erected by Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 38° 38.436′ N, 78° 36.616′ W. Marker is near Whitehouse Landing, Virginia, in Page County. Marker can be reached Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9531 Lee Highway, Luray VA 22835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eastern Redbud (within shouting distance of this marker); Pignut Hickory (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chestnut Oak (about 300 feet away); Flowering Dogwood (about 400 feet away); You Are Invited (about 400 feet away); Downy Serviceberry (about 400 feet away); Millstone (about 500 feet away); History Marches Forward (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Whitehouse Landing.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.