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I found a really great site out of Canada for help in identifying plants and trees. It seems a place where horticulturalists, botanists, dendrologists, and maybe even scientists hang out and share things about plants and trees: UBC Botanical Garden. And they have a forum specifically for plant and tree IDs!
In this thread I got my answer. It’s a Victorian Box, or Australian Cheesewood (Pittosporum undulatum). Though mine had none, it develops orange fruit. And of course, it’s an Australian tree, considered an invasive species here in California. I should just start my research from now on in the invasive Australian species lists. I think pretty much everything I’ve found so far – gum, bottlebrush, paperbark – are considered as such. I’m in Zone 10, which must be very Oz-like.
No idea yet whether it’s called “Victorian Box” because it’s good for making Victorian-style jewelry boxes :)
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator