|The dark green foliage of this tree is off set by its flaky, multicolored trunk which includes blue, green, yellow, red and purple. It is native to New Guinea and the Philipines and requires more water than most varieties. 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.