|This shrub can be staked and pruned to form a short tree. Narrow leaves from 1 to 3 inches are supported by a smooth, brown trunk with reddish branches. Fuchsialike, red flowers bloom throughout the year alongside 1 inch seed capsules. 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.