|This variety grows fast in a wide range of shapes. It has blue green leaves that turn gold or bronze in the winter and a very dark trunk. Clusters of reddish pink flowers are pendulous and bloom from fall to late spring. In wet adobe soil it may become chlorotic. The foliage of nearly all species has a strong pungent odor similar to menthol. Well drained soil is preferable. Trees do very well planted from seed. Plant seeds in spring or summer keep shaded and water sparingly until 2 to 3 inches high.