My mother remembers a fruit tree from her childhood that they called "laurel berries". She describes the plant as a huge, evergreen tree with thin, elongated leaves. The fruit she describes as being like a cherry, but smaller and darker. Very tasty ... small with a stone, black, round, shiny and very sweet. When in season she and her siblings ate all they could eat, daily. We have been trying to figure out which Laurel her tree could be. I have showed her this photo from Google images and she said "Yes, that is exactly it". https://www.lindajohns.com/ronjohns/Fruit&Berries/laurelberries.html According to this page it is a Portuguese Cherry Laurel, but it says the berries are poisonous.This page says they taste dreadful: https://www.paghat.com/berries19.html. However, my mother describes them as being awesomely delicious. This page on the English Laurel (Mum says this one's leaves are not long and thin enough) mentions a Camelliifolia as being edible. https://www.fruitipedia.com/english_laurel_prunus_laurocerasus.htm The tree is growing in the Gibston Valley, Central Otago, New Zealand. The climate there is hot, dry summers and cold winters, with severe frosts. My mother is 79 years old and she has recently revisited her childhood area - that tree is STILL growing there. There was only the one tree, so we presume it was planted by someone, not self sown. She has never seen another tree like it - or seen the fruit available anywhere. Does anyone know what the tree of her memory could be?