|Very hardy, medium sized, upright tree has smooth, tan bark and lance shaped leaves up to 6 inches long. Shiny green buds produce white flowers. Small, bell-shaped seed pods form in clusters. 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.