hehehe That's one of the problems with "common names". If you can post a picture of the tree in question and it's habits (evergreen, deciduous, etc) that you know about the tree maybe someone can ID if for you. If you have pic's of flowers or seeds that would be helpfull too. I know I'll try and ID it for you if I can. I know of a native called Spice Bush (Lindera benzoin) which is a deciduous shrub that flowers in the early spring before the leaves emerge.
Boaz, Kentucky US growing zone 6A