Originally Posted by kc_in_wv
I dig sassafras all the time. When the leaves are on look for leaves shaped like mittens. The same tree can have up to 3 different shape leaves.
The ends of the wtigs will be bright green and when broken have a very distinct smell. The best indication is the root but once you find the right root smell the twig so you can recognise it in the future.
Some people say you can dig the root when the sap is down but I like it the best in the spring before the leaves come out.
Make sure that you don't get the bark above the root
Just as a note, make sure you avoid the ones near power lines! I had a stash near some and I went to check on them today to dig them up...the power company had taken RoundUp to them!!!
Glad I didn't put that in my root beer. Looks like I will have to wait to find some more.