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Re: some thoughts and a GUESS...lagunaria patersonii
FWIW, sunset does not recommend the n.z. laurel for their zones 20,21 (Escondido area) but does for 23 and 24 likely because of heat and drought concerns---which may or may not be useful for the discussion as they are not always accurate. for that matter, trees don't read books and may be much more adaptable and tough than the "experts" think or say. finding fruit and flowers will most likely be the tie-breaker when they appear. good luck.
the upper southern oregon coast
USDA zone 9a (Sunset zone 5)
DRY cool summers and WET cool winters
grow eucalyptus, banksias, telopeas, grevilleas, bottlebrush, mexican pines and oaks