The scientific name of my specific tree is Sassafras and the Latin name is Lauraceae. The Sassafras tree is native to eastern North America and eastern Asia. Slightly acidic to neutral is the preferred soil that the trees are grown in. The sassafras tree is expected to grow in Hardiness Zones which is areas all down the middle of South Carolina. The sassafras grows to a height of 30–60′ and a spread of 25–40′ at maturity.The average lifespan of a Sassafras tree is 100 years and the longest living tree record is 500 years old. The growth form of the tree is pyramidal, irregular form when young, becoming oval and irregular at maturity. Sassafras suckers often form thickets. Sassafras albidum is often grown as an ornamental tree for its unusual leaves and aromatic scent. The beautiful looking and durable wood of the tree has been used in furniture-making and shipbuilding in in Asia and North America. Sassafras wood was also used by Native Americans in the southeastern United States as a fire-starter because of the flammability of its natural oils found within the wood and the leaves. Over the years, the oil obtained from the roots and wood has been used as a scent in perfumes and soaps. If you are growing or planning on growing a sassafras tree, you should know that moths, weevils, Japanese beetles, and scales can affect the tree but the damage is minimal and there’s no need to take any steps to control these pests. If you’re growing sassafras tree, do light pruning. Once in a while pruning prevents the development of suckers and the tree will grow taller and look more ornate. Suckers are pretty small stems, that appear around the bottom of the tree. Sassafras is also considered a shade tree. The drupe is a dark blue fruit produced in the fall and is eaten by bears, deer, wild turkeys and a broad variety of other feathered friends. The stems, twigs, bark, leaves, and fruits are eaten by mammals and birds in small quantities. The tree can be grown as an be grown as a dense, bushy thicket or a single-trunk tree. Sassafras albidum, Sassafras hesperia, Sassafras randaiense, Sassafras tzumu and the Sassafras yabei are the 5 different species of Sassafras trees. Root bark of sassafras trees contains safrole (colorless/slightly yellow oily liquid extracted from root-bark) , which is carcinogenic and harmful for human consumption. The Sassafras tree is highly resistant to drought and requires low maintenance. Alternative names for sassafras trees are cinnamon wood, ague tree, saloop, saxafrax, and saxifrax.