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.
Here is a link that might be useful: Persea borbonia
I'm thinking sweet bay. If so it will have a lemon scent and the leaves will be silvery beneath.
Scratch the leaves, sniff and report back.
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.
Description of species and it's (their) uses.
Here is a link that might be useful: Red Bay
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.