Wood IDs #12: Not a California Bay Laurel after all...

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 04-20-2009 09:49 AM 2182 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Previous blog entries on this tree:

Wood IDs #5: Mystery fallen tree in LA - my biggest haul yet
Wood IDs #9: Sealing up the mystery tree

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 :)

Related links:
Calflora's page on Pittosporum undulatum
Dave's Garden on Victorian Box, Sweet Pittosporum, Pittosporum undulatum
Wikipedia's page on Pittosporum

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 04-20-2009 01:01 PM

Good start on a lumber yard, saw mill, mill works or a bond fire! lol
A man should do what interests him with in the law!
Allways look forward to your posts!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#2 posted 04-20-2009 03:20 PM

nice find Mate! thanks for sharing all the links and parts of this search of yours and it’s findings.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 04-20-2009 05:05 PM

But where’s the baby opossum? I thought it was a Possum Nest Bark Tree.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 04-21-2009 06:36 AM

do you live near UBC

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Gary Fixler

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#5 posted 04-21-2009 10:33 AM

Spanky – Thanks very much! My posts have all been trees lately, even though I’ve built about 4 things since I joined. I’m just trying to catch up with all the pics I’ve taken :)

Lev – You bet, thanks!

mmh – I miss him, too! That possum nest bark tree was a paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia). This one’s all hard outside, like a regular, hard tree!

ccpenco – Unfortunately, no. I’m in Los Angeles. It’s about the full height of the USA away from me – many days of all-day driving, or half a day of plane travel.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#6 posted 04-23-2009 06:47 AM

oh i actually live quite close. it’s a pretty neat place

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