What’s this tree?


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I found a tree I don’t recognize. It’s on our campus in an area that doesn’t get any irrigation or much attention from our grounds crew. It’s just kind of a blob that fills a space.
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We originally thought it was a Xylosma, we have a lot of them in that general area, but closer inspection determined that it’s something else.
Any help is greatly appreciated.:)
 
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I don't recall what it looks like when it blooms. It must be underwhelming or I've been "blind" to it when it does. Did I mention it doesn't get much attention?:p It is evergreen, so definitely not a peach. We were thinking Xylosma simply because we have so many and from a distance (where we usually look at it) it looks like one of them. I think the pointy buds you can see in pics 2, 3, and 4 are flower buds and should open and give the identity away in a month or so. They're all at the branch tips and the ones further down are barely noticeable. What I think it is is Prunus lusitanica or laurocerasus.
 
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It's probably not, but I'd check anyway. This video shows how to tell if it's a Camphor tree. An easy test is to crush leaves and check for strong smell of camphor...see below video

 
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That is the plan. The University does have a Plant Science Dept that absorbed the Ornamental Horticulture program and I know (cuz I was here as a student) that several of the instructors were plant nerds like me and planted weird stuff on campus. Unfortunately they've all retired/died and I can't ask them. Thank you all for your suggestions and I'll be sure to post some pictures when it blooms.
 
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Sorry, I should have said "like the Brachychiton".
I have a BS in Ornamental Horticulture from this University and 40 years experience in retail nurseries and landscape management, so I recognize all the typical SoCal trees. This is different for here, but maybe not for Europe or other areas in the US.
 
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It's evergreen. I think it's either Prunus lusitanica or laurocerasus. They do grow in this climate, but they are very uncommon around here, so I'm not that familiar with them. It's been decades since I've seen laurocerasus and I've only seen lusitanica in books.
 
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A little more than a month later and it’s in bloom and just as confusing.:confused:
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The whole tree in all it’s blooming glory!
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The stunning tresses of lush blooms!
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Anyone have an idea of what it is?? Neither the flowers or crushed leaves have a scent of any kind. Total bafflement!:oops:
 
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Do you think it could be one of the Garrya family?

Afterthought...... keep thinking some kind of Laurel looking at the flowers :unsure:
 
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