I have a tree in my yard that is proving annoyingly difficult to identify. Can any tree-lovers help?
Simple broadleaf. Alternate branching. Elongated, elliptical-shaped leaves with very gradual taper at both the base and tip. Margins are smooth from base to midpoint. From midpoint to tip there are extremely subtle teeth or lobes (I can’t tell which, it’s that subtle). Leaves somewhat fragrant when crushed. The bark is mostly smooth with some stripe-like wrinkling. Unknown whether it produces fruit, unknown whether it is evergreen or deciduous. Found growing in Atlanta, Georgia.
Some things that looked kind of like it, but I wasn’t sure:
- Willow (my specimen lacks the distinctive finely toothed border of the willow)
- Laurel (my specimen has a much more tapered base and tip than laurels seem to)
- Wax myrtle (my specimen doesn’t look quite so waxy, but this is my best match so far).
Any help appreciated… it is really irritating me that this mundane-looking tree is proving so difficult to identify.