SASSAFRAS: Sassafras albidum

This species grows in Central and Eastern U.S. and is also known as Cinnamon-Wood. In color and grain Sassafras resembles Ash, but it is lighter in weight and has an aromatic scent when cut. At one time Sassafras was thought to have potent medicinal healing powers; bed frames were made from the lumber as it was believed to help individuals sleep more deeply. Tonics derived from the root of the Sassafras tree were second only to tobacco in exports from the Colonies to Europe. Today, most of the Sassafras lumber harvested for use as furniture and flooring is listed as Ash, contributing to a lack of recognition and demand for the lumber. Sassafras weighs an average of 31 lbs. per cubic foot. Janka scale: 630