Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sassafras tzumu in fall color in the Asian Collections at the US National Arboretum

This is for real color. The saturation may be, well is, exaggerated because it was a dismal gray day, but that's what it looks like. This grows in the central valley. I took this picture from the ridge on the south edge about 50 feet beyond the pagoda. I have always loved our NA native Sassafras albidum which also has great fall color and I like this Chinese species too. The leaves are a little bit different; most are 3-lobed and the lobes are tipped. And it's not as fragrant as its NA counterpart but it's a fun plant.

1 comment:

MulchMaid said...

Most years (this one's a rare exception) I miss the seasonal color in the DC area. There was a Sassafras next door to us in Silver Spring that was a sight every fall.