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    12 / 27 / 2014

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Hello, 2 years ago, I dug up an unknown seedling from the base of a Southern Magnolia. I drove it back home to Massachusetts, and now it has grown to be about 18″ tall, and is doing very well in a pot. Winters indoorsI thought it was a Southern Magnolia tree, but I have my doubts now. The largest leaf at this time is about 2″ long. Has central leader,. Matte green. Any ideas would be much appreciated. (Holes in leaves are a result of Tar fungus that hits maples up here. It’ll be ok)


  • JIm Unregistered says:

    More accurately called a ‘laurel cherry’ – since it’s a member of the cherry (prunus) genus.

    January 14th, 2015 at 4:15pm

  • weststreet Apprentice says:

    Thanks for the responses! Looking at the details of the many images available, I’d say it is definitely a Prunus Caroliniana. Thanks for recognizing it Mike.

    January 9th, 2015 at 12:31pm

  • Mike Unregistered says:

    I think it’s a native cherry laurel Prunus caroliniana They are evergreen in Georgia, and hardy in zones 7 to 10. It may make a fine houseplant for you!

    January 8th, 2015 at 4:46pm

  • Angelyn Master Identifier says:

    I did some digging around in Native Trees of the Southeast by Kirkman, Brown and Leopold. I’m wondering if this might be Loblolly bay (Gordonia lasianthus). I’m basing this on the shallow serrations along the margins and the red twigs and petioles. This site has some photos of leaves which look similar to yours:

    January 2nd, 2015 at 7:59pm

  • weststreet Apprentice says:

    First photo is underside of leaf.

    December 28th, 2014 at 11:46am

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