Blue Gum Eucalyptus
The eucalyptus tree is native to Australia, but it is quite happy to grow along the coast of California. The leaves have a destinctive smell. Monarch butterflies roost in a grove of these trees in Pacific Grove, CA, near Monterey. The flowers are very unusual and produce strange seed pods. We had seen the pods on previous trips to California, but this was the first time I had seen the flowers.