id please

houstontexas123(z9a)February 23, 2014

found this growing under a large oak tree in my front yard. it's different than all the oak seedlings that have sprouted from the acorns around the tree.

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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Red bay?

Here is a link that might be useful: Persea borbonia

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 10:31PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

I'm thinking sweet bay. If so it will have a lemon scent and the leaves will be silvery beneath.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 10:53PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Scratch the leaves, sniff and report back.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 10:33AM
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houstontexas123(z9a)

i picked one of the smaller bottom leaves and crushed it. it has a mild aroma. can't quite make it out though. kinda piney.

we have a small bag of dried bay leaves from the store. shape and texture seems similar. smell is different.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 7:52PM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Description of species and it's (their) uses.

Here is a link that might be useful: Red Bay

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 9:29PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

houstontexas123 - the use of 'Bay' as a common name to cover various different plants is causing confusion here, I believe. The Bay leaves you bought for cooking are Laurus nobilis. The plant in the picture is not Laurus nobilis. I believe 'Sweet Bay' refers to Magnolia Virginiana. I'm sure bboy will correct that impression if necessary. Saltcedar is talking about various Perseas, also called 'Bay' in common parlance.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 12:52PM
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