It's in zone 9, and it about 8' tall, dense, not deciduous. The pic is about life-size.
Looks like Laurel. Guessing Otto Luyken.
This post was edited by lola-lemon on Wed, Feb 13, 13 at 1:14
I've done some looking around, and yes, I think it's a cherry laurel. Thanks for confirming it.
Carolina Cherrylaurel, Prunus caroliniana.