Julius Sämann

Canadian businessman

Julius Sämann (April 15, 1911 – May 9, 1999) was a German businessman. He was born in Uffenheim, Germany.[1] He was a Jew. He left Germany because of the Nazis. He studied the smell of Alpine Trees for five years in Canada.[2][3] Sämann developed methods to get essential oils from ever-green trees and started an oil company. He sold the interest from the company in 1946.[4] In 1952, a milk driver in Watertown, New York complained to him about the smell of spilled milk. Because of this, he invented Little Trees.[2][5]

Julius Sämann
Born(1911-04-15)April 15, 1911
DiedMay 9, 1999
  • Simon Sämann
  • Lia Weglein
Engineering career
Employer(s)Car-Freshener Corp
ProjectsLittle Trees


  1. "Profile of Julius Sämann" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2011-10-09. Retrieved 2022-04-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Greenbaum, Hilary; Rubinstein, Dana (2012-03-02). "Who Made Those Little Trees Air Fresheners?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2022-01-30. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  3. "The fascinating origins of the pine tree air freshener". Drive. 2020-12-24. Retrieved 2022-04-19.
  4. O'Connor, Deb (August 2005). "Little Trees: An American icon born and raised in Watertown" (PDF). Absolutely Business. p. 21. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 9, 2011. Retrieved 29 Sep 2011.
  5. "About | Little Trees". www.littletrees.com. Archived from the original on 2022-02-15. Retrieved 2022-04-14.