Environment Planet Earth Magnolia, Persimmon, Dogwood, Blackgum, Water and Live Oak - Tree Leaf Key Unlobed Tree Species Having Leaves with Smooth Margins By Steve Nix Steve Nix Writer University of Georgia Steve Nix is a member of the Society of American Foresters and a former forest resources analyst for the state of Alabama. Learn about our editorial process Updated March 17, 2017 Share Twitter Pinterest Email Environment Weather Outdoors Conservation You most probably have a broadleaf or deciduous tree that is either a magnolia, persimmon, dogwood, blackgum, water or live Oak. Let's continue... 1 of 5 Magnolia Matthew Ward/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images Does your tree have a leaf that is evergreen, large and shiny bright green above and pale with rust colored hairs beneath with entire leaf margins (not serrate)? If yes, you most probably have a Southern magnolia. 2 of 5 Persimmon Persimmon. Persimmon Does your tree have a leaf that is long-pointed and thickened, shiny dark green above and hairless to densely hairy beneath with entire leaf margins (not serrate)? If yes, you most probably have a persimmon. 3 of 5 Dogwood Dogwood. Dogwood Does your tree have a leaf that is opposite in leaf arrangement with 6-7 long, curved veins on each side of the midrib and edges slightly wavy, the margins of the leaf appear not toothed but have tiny teeth visible under a lens? If yes, you most probably have a dogwood. 4 of 5 Blackgum Blackgum. Blackgum Does your tree have a leaf that is elliptical or oblong and shiny green on top, often crowded on short twigs with entire leaf margins (not serrate)? If yes, you most probably have a blackgum. 5 of 5 Water, Willow and Live Oaks Willow Oak. Willow Oak Several species of oak including water oak, live oak, and willow oak have simple, entire leaves that are deciduous to persistent (check for acorns on and below the tree). If so, you probably have an oak.