|This tree varies in its look from short and crooked to tall and straight. It has smooth white bark, small white flowers and light green leaves that frost can tint purple. Also tolerates desert soils. 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.