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This year's treasured trees

Columbia's Tree and Appearance Commission recently selected this year's Treasured Trees.

For the next several weeks, we'll spotlight some of the winners on the garden page of the Your Home section.

This week, we feature the Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) tree grove in Saluda Shoals Park.

Sassafras trees are almost always found growing in the wild because this tree's long tap root makes it difficult to transplant. The bark of the roots is used to make sassafras tea. Many medicinal uses were attributed to this tree. Sassafras trees are usually found growing in moist areas.

This grove of trees is unusual because it is located on a hill and because these trees are much larger than usually.

This grove of trees was nominated by Jay Robinson.

NOMINATE A TREE

Do you know a tree you think is special? Nominate it as a Treasured Tree.

Applications are being accepted for 2010, and winners will be announced next fall.

Information: Columbia's Division of Forestry and Beautification, (803) 545-3860 or http://columbiasc.net/forestry.

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