willow myrtle, peppermint
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 modest example dating from 1972 is in the Stanford Avenue greenbelt opposite Peter Coutts Road. In Palo Alto, see a burgundy-leaved selection at 771 Center Drive, on the right, possibly ‘Jervis Bay Afterdark’ or similar.
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).