|A small, bushy tree with narrow leaves from 1 to 3 inches long is supported by a trunk of pink, white, tan and light green. Inch long, pink to red, pointed buds produce a 1 inch flower that varies in color from pinkish to deep red. It may require some thinning to enhance its appearance. 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.