|This short, ornamental variety grows erratically and does well if not overwatered which may cause the leaves to turn black. Under normal conditions the leaves are dusty, light blue, 2 to 5 inches, round and come to a point. Ball-shape buds approximately 1 inch in diameter bloom into 4 to 7 inch stemless flowers that grow directly on the branch in pink, white to light yellow and red. Seed pods are about 3 inches wide and bowl shaped. Young seedlings will grow straight and begin to spread out when they are old enough to bloom. 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.