Gee, I am sooooooooo sad, I really was looking forward to watching my Sassafras tree grow up to be handsome,, the one a RD gave me 2 or so years back... I dunno what happened to it. It had leaves , maybe too early in the year? A frost blew through and a couple weeks later, I noticed it looking Dead, and yep, I believe it is, It was as tall as me.. I've never lost a tree that size, well unless I wacked it. AND No, I don't think the dogs have messed with it, I had a cage around it till it got larger. Mila likes to eat certain grasses, just a doggy thing to do.