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huge sassafras tree

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:06 am
by carrolldixon
Hello,I"m from western Norh Carolina. There is a huge sassafras tree in Maggie Valley,NC that I would like to get on your list of big trees. My father said a man came from Asheville in the 1930"s to meaure this tree and said it was the largest sassafras tree in North Caroline at that time.He didn"t remember if this man was from the forest service or from some college.I have never measured this tree but I drive by it most every day and it is at least 6' in dia. or more. I just joined this group and do not know how things work. I would like someone to contact me for more Info. my email is

Re: huge sassafras tree

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:57 pm
by eliahd24
Hi Carroll,
We've got a number of members in western NC. I'm sure one or more of them would be interested. If not, I might be able to visit the tree this winter, though I'm based in Atlanta and don't make it that far north too often. Sounds like an amazing tree!

Re: huge sassafras tree

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:10 pm
by edfrank

Is this the sassafras you are talking about? ... assafr.htm

Click on image to see its original size
Photo of the locally famous Tanglewood sassafras in Maggie Valley, NC. I measured it at 16'4" cbh x 51' tall and it has bark like a western conifer. Definitely in the "freak-show" category since it is vastly larger than any other in the region. It has been brutally topped with mere sprouts composing the upper crown. Will Blozan, Aug 29, 2004.

This is the National Champion Sassafras in KY:

Click on image to see its original size
photo by Michael Davie ... _15473433/


Re: huge sassafras tree

Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:51 am
by carrolldixon
Yes Ed this is the sassafras tree that I was talking about.This tree is on land that my family owned untill the 1960's,the David O PLott land.

Re: huge sassafras tree

Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:52 am
by James Parton

It's a nice tree, or was when I last seen it back in 2005. I think.