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Apr 12, 2021 6:46 PM CST
Name: Michael
The Woodlands, TX (Zone 9a)
Hi!

A few years ago, maybe 3 or 4, I dug this sapling our from a bunch of weeds, and none of my neighbors have been able to identify it.

I live in southeast Texas, in The Woodlands, to be specific. The tree has never bloomed, nor do I think it has the ability to do so. The leaves are waxy, and have ridges on the ends. We've always left it in full sunlight, and it seems to be doin just fine.

Thanks for the help!
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Apr 12, 2021 7:12 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Maybe a Bay Laurel
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Apr 12, 2021 9:15 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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If its a Bay Laurel, breaking a leaf and smelling would tell you for sure.

It reminds me of an oak tree.
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Apr 13, 2021 6:42 AM CST
Name: Michael
The Woodlands, TX (Zone 9a)
DaisyI said:If its a Bay Laurel, breaking a leaf and smelling would tell you for sure.

It reminds me of an oak tree.


What scent would i be...smelling... for?
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Apr 13, 2021 6:56 AM CST
Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
Definitely not Bay Laurel. Gives me a vibe of Prunus or Ilex. It will flower eventually if it hasn't already, although not showily. Maybe @kittriana or @porkpal have better ideas.
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Apr 13, 2021 7:43 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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Cherry Laurel, perhaps?
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Apr 13, 2021 8:54 AM CST
Name: Michael
The Woodlands, TX (Zone 9a)
porkpal said:Cherry Laurel, perhaps?


I know i'm new here, but I don't think its a cherry laurel. The foliage doesn't look dense enough for that.
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Apr 13, 2021 9:13 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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I agree. Does it get much sun?
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Apr 13, 2021 9:19 AM CST
Name: James
North Louisiana (Zone 8b)
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Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)

Might get red berries within a few years

A native of south Texas
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Apr 13, 2021 9:30 AM CST
Name: Michael
The Woodlands, TX (Zone 9a)
porkpal said:I agree. Does it get much sun?

Full sun all day. Its always how it's been. I believe it survived the winter storms as well, unlike my poor lemon trees.
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Apr 13, 2021 9:31 AM CST
Name: Michael
The Woodlands, TX (Zone 9a)
deepsouth said:
Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)

Might get red berries within a few years

A native of south Texas


I don't believe its that either, those trees have smaller leaves. I have those in my front yard, and this tree's leaves are much bigger.
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Apr 13, 2021 9:47 AM CST
Name: Michael
The Woodlands, TX (Zone 9a)
Here's a little reference that might help y'all.
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Apr 13, 2021 11:22 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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equiluxe said:

What scent would i be...smelling... for?


The smell of a bay leaf.
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Apr 13, 2021 12:55 PM CST
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 9a)
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Bay leaf has no smell to me, shrug. Definitely not yaupon, quercus has the leaves circling a stem, did it survive snowmeggeddon outside? It reminds me of a citrus but has no thorns, I cannot actually say except it isn't chinese privet. The expert you guys need is @ViburnumValley
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Apr 13, 2021 1:10 PM CST
Name: Michael
The Woodlands, TX (Zone 9a)
kittriana said:Bay leaf has no smell to me, shrug. Definitely not yaupon, quercus has the leaves circling a stem, did it survive snowmeggeddon outside? It reminds me of a citrus but has no thorns, I cannot actually say except it isn't chinese privet. The expert you guys need is @ViburnumValley


It survived snowmageddon, athough it was covered during that time. (My lemon trees still died, despite being covered as well. :c)
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Apr 13, 2021 1:24 PM CST
Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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It's far off, but perhaps a Camelia? Though they usually prefer light shade.
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Apr 13, 2021 3:11 PM CST
Name: Michael
The Woodlands, TX (Zone 9a)
Is there any more info y'all want me to try and gather? I'm all ears.
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Apr 13, 2021 5:22 PM CST
Name: Michael
The Woodlands, TX (Zone 9a)
Update: I have found the leaves smell like maraschino cherries, or maybe almonds, when crushed.
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Apr 13, 2021 5:56 PM CST
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 9a)
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flowering almonds were offered down here one year in the nurseries, zone 4 thru 9 would explain the cold tolerance, don't remember the exact name, the leaf doesn't resemble a cherry like Nanking cherry tho. From what I hear, the cherry laurels bit the dust like citrus did. So, no id, but a few ideas?
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Apr 13, 2021 6:16 PM CST
Name: Michael
The Woodlands, TX (Zone 9a)
kittriana said:flowering almonds were offered down here one year in the nurseries, zone 4 thru 9 would explain the cold tolerance, don't remember the exact name, the leaf doesn't resemble a cherry like Nanking cherry tho. From what I hear, the cherry laurels bit the dust like citrus did. So, no id, but a few ideas?


Basically. What I know so far is that the leaves are glossy, and smell of maraschino cherries when crushed, its rather tolerant to cold, and there was pretty much no shock after transplanting those few years ago. It can tolerate full sunlight, and can share land with the mint plant also in the pot. Its 3-5 years old, and thats about it.

So far, my best guess is a Carolina cherry laurel.
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