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Posted by houstontexas123 z9a (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 23, 14 at 22:10

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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Red bay?

Here is a link that might be useful: Persea borbonia


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  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Sun, Feb 23, 14 at 22:53

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


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Scratch the leaves, sniff and report back.


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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.


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

Here is a link that might be useful: Red Bay


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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.


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