Jeff Kell’s favorite tree is this young sassafras (Sassafras albidum) on Leawood Drive. He loves the tree’s unusual leaves — three distinct patterns, including the familiar mitten-shaped leaf. As a tea drinker, Kell appreciates the tree’s spicy flavor. Early settlers believed sassafras bark and root had medicinal value. Today, we enjoy its unique flavor in tea, root beer, candy and gumbo. The tree is beautiful all year. In the spring, sassafras produces small flowers. Its shiny green summer leaves turn a brilliant pink in the fall. Even in winter, its reddish-brown bark adds a bit of welcome color. To submit your favorite tree, contact Susan Harkins of the Frankfort TREE Coalition at email@example.com or (502) 603-3020.