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Hey, I'm expanding my kitchen garden, and I want to know what this plant is. It keeps growing and growing I have to cut it back a lot each year. Hopefully I posted the picture correctly. :) Hardiness zone 6.

 
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  1. Does it taste good? Looks like a bay leaf? Kind of a tree/bush?

    1. Some more information would be useful, like another pic of a full spring, perhaps next to a quarter, so we can see how the leaves grow on the stem and how big the leaves are... or maybe I'm just not good at plant identification ;)

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      1. re: guilty

        Here's another photo of the leaves. Max height is about 20 feet that I've seen, might grow higher. Its a shrub, I've always though of it as a hedge. Branches can reach at least 1/2 inch in diameter. Need a bow saw to cut it.

         
      2. Usually you need more than just a leaf shape, like branching habits, leaf margin, bloom color, etc. to pin down a particular plant. You can find lots of info on the web by searching for
        plant identification by leaves
        plant finder
        plant identify
        etc.
        But the majority of these are mostly about trees.
        This site
        http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-identif...
        contains some general information about how to identify plants, plus links to some of the more useful web sites.
        Happy searching (and let us know what you find out)!

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        1. re: DonShirer

          It rarely blooms, when it does its a small white flower. Never seen any fruit. I don't even know what leaf margin is. I haven't seen any thorns, but have seen buds.

        2. Try your county extension agent, a good one, such as Hank Kimble in Hootersville, probably could help you, or maybe not. Seriously, try your county agent, and if you can't eat it, is intrusive, or it's just plain ugly treat it as a weed and get rid of it.

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          1. re: James Cristinian

            Definitely call your Master Gardeners. They are so helpful.

            It sure looks like a bay to me.

            1. re: sandiasingh

              Aren't bays and bay laurels pointier on the tips?

              1. re: Jerseygirl111

                Yeah, maybe they are. Easy enough to ID by googling bay leaf images.

                 
          2. What kind of flowers does it have? How are the leaves arranged on the plant?

            Any other photos would help.

            It could be bay, but bay is usually shinier. I'd almost be tempted to say rhododendron, but would need more visual information.

            1. I'm curious why you think it's edible.

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              1. re: c oliver

                I don't think its edible. I've can't remember seeing any fruit or flowers.

              2. Looks like Bay leaf, no?