Myrtaceae (myrtle family) Agonis

Agonis flexuosa willow myrtle, peppermint

Southwestern Australia
Agonis flexuosa flowering, Stanford Avenue greenbelt. Sairus Patel, 10 Jun 2023
Twisted trunk, branches, and leaves of Agonis flexuosa, Stanford Avenue greenbelt. Sairus Patel, 13 Oct 2019

A very attractive, willowy tree that grows to about 30 feet tall with hanging, narrow 6-inch leaves. The crushed leaves are fragrant, much subtler than peppermint. A much-reduced example dating from 1972 is tucked away in the Stanford Avenue greenbelt behind 836 Santa Fe Avenue (map pin). A burgundy-leaved selection, ‘Jervis Bay Afterdark’ or similar, can be seen at Haus Mitteleuropa (620 Mayfield Avenue) on the right. Another is at 771 Center Drive, on the right, in Palo Alto.

Burgundy-leaved selection of Agonis flexuosa, Center Drive in Palo Alto. Sairus Patel, 15 Oct 2019
Agonis flexuosa leaves. From Trees of Stanford and Environs, Ronald Bracewell

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. Center Drive location added, all locations verified (Oct 2019, SP). Haus Mitt location added; edits (Jul 2023, SP).