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What is the name of this Southern California tree which has a peeling bark? Have about 18 of these, all are the same kind with their outer bark being soft/spongy. I've attached some photos here too.

Bark of one of the tree 1st image

Leaves of the tree 2nd image

Another shot where outer bark was recently peeled out 3rd image

Thanks

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This looks like a Cajeput Tree. It grows in southern California, has the "shedding" tree trunk, the leaf shape appears to be a match, (linear) as well as the color of the branches and shoots.

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I believe your tree is called Melaleuca quinquenervia. My particular trees, of the Melaleuca family, puts vanilla colored flowers that resemble a bottle brush and has pods of seeds as well. Your trees trunks and leaves look exactly like mine. And I just learned today from the other post that the common name of my trees is Cajeput Tree. Thank you very much.

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I know this tree as a Melaleuca which I first saw in Southern California, but recently found it in San Francisco in abundance.

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