Except for the last sentence, never say never - Arizona Rosewood / Vauquelinia californica fits the bill:
This plant is found in small groupings along the path on Southern Blvd in SE Albuquerque, between Juan Tabo and Eubank. This is well within the east canyon winds zone, yet it kept ticking even last winter.
It is a foothills native, from SE Arizona (hence the common name), Baja California (hence the species name), and then into the mountains of far west Texas (where there are 1 or 2 other native Vauquelinia species).
It has proven to be quite reliable into USDA cold zone 7 and Sunset climate zone 10. Arizona Rosewood is not a small plant, and too much pruning will destroy it, so let it have at least 6' in width but 8-10' width is more ideal; it grows to over 12' to become a screening shrub or hedge. It can also be thoughtfully pruned into a nice patio tree, perfect for all the shrinking garden spaces in SW developments.
Some say it is a great Oleander substitute, though that is more for the foliage, not the flowering. Low to moderate irrigation is ideal; irrigated lawn conditions are too wet and will kill it, unless the driest warm season grasses are used, like Zoysia, Bermuda or Buffalo / Grama.
Arizona Rosewood has short-term flowering, but long-term visual effect in the landscape, with its lush, serrated leaves.
It nicely compliments the clumps of Desert Willow on the left, creating a floriferous display in late spring: