Plant ID forum: What is this shrub/tree?

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Hollister, CA
KlerikReturns
Jun 21, 2017 1:51 PM CST
I've spent hours across several plant identification guides and never found a match. Laurels seem close, but never seem to match the seed pods. They're very peculiar. Appreciate the help!
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
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sooby
Jun 21, 2017 2:41 PM CST
Welcome!

It looks like it could be Pittosporum tobira to me. We don't have a picture in the database with the fruit still green but here's one from Wikimedia to compare:

https://www.google.ca/search?q...:
Hollister, CA
KlerikReturns
Jun 22, 2017 11:02 AM CST
Thanks for the suggestion! That's pretty darn close, but sadly the fruit inside isn't red. Instead, it looks more like small black currants.

If I remember right, when it's flowering, the flowers are small and a deep shade of blue-violet. Hopefully that helps!
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
Image
sooby
Jun 22, 2017 11:38 AM CST
Do you mean the fruit looks like small black currants inside as in this picture, or the individual fruits turn black currant colour on the outside?

https://www.google.ca/search?q...:

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