New Zealand Laurel is adapted to sand, wind and salt and will grow very well here. Although slow growing; it can eventually get up to 40 feet tall without shaping. Also known as Karaka tree, It takes shaping as a screen or hedge as well. The oval leaves are evergreen and it has a small
greenish white flowers that can be followed by an orange fruit. In California's climate the fruiting is not assured, but it should be noted that the seed kernel of the fruit is poisonous should it occur. Consider that if you have pets or curious children.
New Zealand Laurel can take light shade and has dense growth. Watering can be infrequent after establishing (generally 2 years). It will survive temperatures in the low 20's. It is considered invasive in Hawaii, but not as likely to seed in our area.