The World's Largest Sassafras Tree Lives in Owensboro Kentucky

Real Estate Agent with Maverick Realty

Sign about Sasafrass treeDid you know that the world's largest Sassafras Tree lives in Owensboro, Kentucky?  Well it does! I did do a post about a while back, but didn't have any photos of this, so I decide to do another one and include photos this time.

Owensboro Kentucky Sassafras tree

Yes, there is a natural wonder in Owensboro, Kentucky it's home of the world's largest Sassafras Tree. 

 This natural wonder is almost 300 years old and it measures over 100 feet tall with over 21 feet in circumference. It is one of the first things we came to find during our relocation and home search. 

 It was very interesting especially  for my husband and son, as my son is an Arborist and together they have planted over 1000 trees just this year. (they did not plant sassafras though)

This natural wonder right in the heart of Owensboro, Ky is located on Fredericka Street which is one of the busiest streets and a main thoroughfare in town.

 Call or email me ,Vickie McCartney, if you are coming this way, I would love to take you to see it! 

It really is pretty amazing to see in person.  This picture doesn't really do it justice.  In the next photo I tried to capture the size of its trunk , go ahead and take a look....

Owensboro Ky Sassafras Tree

Like I said, it would be much better if you could actually see it live, instead of these photos.  If you are ever in Owensboro, Kentucky- be sure to look me up and give me a call.  I would love to hear from you!

Vickie McCartney, Realtor,Maverick Realty



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Vickie McCartney, Realtor, Broker Associate, ABR,~ Maverick Realty, Owensboro, KY


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Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Vickie- Fantastic Localism post! Those photos are stunning! That should make them happy:)

Jul 19, 2008 06:18 PM #1
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Katerina~ I guess something has to get their attention, LOL.  It must have been the localism tag you suggested.....  I don't think it was the photos!

Jul 19, 2008 06:52 PM #2
Michelle DeRepentigny
Success Realty - Athens, GA
Broker Athens, GA

Awesome tree, in my town we have a tree that owns itself, actually now it is the son of the tree that owns itself - daddy died ;(

Jul 19, 2008 08:12 PM #3
Utah Dave Neighborhood Experts - South Jordan, UT
Homes for Sale - Utah

What a pretty tree.  Makes me wonder if we have anything that rare or interesting trees around here. Looks awesome.

Utah Dave

Utah homes for sale

Jul 20, 2008 04:10 AM #4
Dana Lim
Allstate Insurance - Tucson, AZ

Hi Vickie,

Never even heard of a Sassafras tree, mostly cactus out here.  Thanks for commenting on my first blog post.  Never been to Kentucky, it's on my bucket list!

Dana Lim / Allstate Insurance
Tucson, AZ

Jul 21, 2008 09:05 AM #5
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Dana~ I never really heard of a Sassafras tree either until I moved to Owensboro, Kentucky!  Hey!  When you come to Kentucky, look me up! 


Jul 21, 2008 11:26 AM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

How fascinating.  I didn't even knew that Sassafras was a tree; let alone knowing what they looked like.  I think it's a derivative for making Root Beer - is that true???

That's one incredibly beautiful and large tree!

Jul 21, 2008 03:49 PM #7
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

I actually went to see the sassafras in 1976 when I was still studying forestry at Texas A&M University. I had a book listing all the biggest, tallest, and widest trees in the nation. That list is now somewhere online.

Oct 01, 2008 11:59 AM #8

Loved your pictures - great posting. I am from South Louisiana and ordered a small transplant sassafras tree from a nursery in Georgia in Feb.2011.  It sprouted leaves and looked like it was doing well all through summer, then just last month all the leaves dried up and it looks dead.  I am disgusted.  Is there any nurseries in Kentucky where I can order another tree or if there is a local gardner or someone that would package one to UPS me I will pay the shipping and work with this person if there are charges.  I want a tree badly.

Yes, (as questioned by one of the other people here)  the Sassafras root is used to make the rootbeer extrat that flavors root beer. Here in La. they use the dried leaves to grind into a fine powder - that is what makes File (pronunced Fee-Lay) to put in Gumbos as a thickner and flavor enhancer. Go here to read:

You guys are so lucky to have em growing wild up there.  They used to be plentiful in central and northern La. And the indians are the ones that showed the cajuns how to use the leaves in gumbo. Thanks and take care.

Oct 20, 2011 03:12 AM #9
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