So when I dug this tree up from the base of my Mahogany tree I assumed it was growing from one of the seeds and was a mahogany tree as well. As you can tell it is not a mahogany tree at all but at the time it was a stick with two little leaves. it has long kind of thin leaves with a red vein running down the center and smaller veins running out from it. I just want to know if it is a tree or bush and what it is. I really hope it's not poisonous since I have 2 little ones and a dog that will sample anything if you let them. Any Help would be much appreciatedenter image description here.

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    What part of the world is the plant located in? By any chance when you puncture or bend a leaf does white sap come out?
    – kevinskio
    Sep 17, 2016 at 21:07
  • Yes, where you are ought to help. I have a strong suspicion, the leaves are of a member of the Magnoliaceae family. Do you have any Magnolias growing nearby? That could still not mean much, if the seed was dispersed by wind or a critter. Sep 18, 2016 at 4:54
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    I immediately thought Plumeria, Would like to see more pics of stem,etc.
    – Brenn
    Nov 24, 2016 at 1:44

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This appears to be a sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana).

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    It might help others if you explain why you believe it is this (and increase the odds of some upvotes). I added a source for you and rephrased it a bit. Jun 23, 2017 at 9:50

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