The leaves of Cryptocarya latifolia are simple in structure and alternate in position on the branches, growing on short stalks.
The leaf-shape is broadly ovate, reflected in the specific name of latifolia (in Latin latus means broad, folium is a leaf). The leaf apex is rounded, notched or tapering, the base tapers. Leaf dimensions are 5 cm to 10 cm by 2 cm to 4 cm.
Leaf texture is leathery and initially hairy, the hairs later remaining only along the veins. Leaf colour is dark green to bright green and variably glossy, the lower surface paler or cinnamon brown (from the hairs) and old leaves dull blue-green above.
Three veins spread from the leaf base, the central one or midrib having several lateral veins curving in along it as they ascend to the margins; initially they do so gradually, while just before reaching the margin they curve in strongly to miss it and join the next vein. The lateral veins alternate from the midrib, not growing in pairs. Venation is prominent on the lower leaf surface.
The margins are usually entire, occasionally obscurely toothed. The large coppice leaves resemble those of stinkwood, Ocotia bullata (Coates Palgrave, 2002).