|This shrubby tree with dark, grayish green bark has thick, dark leaves that are 4 to 5 inches long. Continously large 1.5 inch buds produce big, red flowers. It is resistant to salt and wind. 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.