volunteer shrub in back yard
I have had several of these shrubs appear in my front and back yard, planted by passing creatures. None of my searches for California invasives, has turned up anything close!
It grows very slowly, takes about three years to get to 2-3 foot height. It is *extremely* hardy, rarely gets gnawed on by bugs, is not deterred by other plants growing around it. Seems to love direct sun.
Does anyone recognize it?