This section is from the book "Commercial Gardening Vol4", by John Weathers (the Editor). Also available from Amazon: Commercial Gardening, A Practical & Scientific Treatise For Market Gardeners.
This well-known evergreen with aromatic deep-green leathery leaves is grown largely in tubs, etc, on the Continent and cut into various shapes, principally mop-head standards and pyramids, which are largely used for hotel and street decoration. It is somewhat tender in places, and thrives in a rich sandy loam, and is increased by cuttings, layers, and grafting. L. Sassafras, the North American Sassafras Tree, 15-50 ft. high, has entire or three-lobed leaves which assume brilliant red and yellow tints in autumn.