I saw this tree growing by a street in San Francisco yesterday, and found it fascinating. Photos here:
There should be 3 photos there, I hope you can see them. One of the tree as a whole, a closeup of leaves, and a closeup of the bark. It is the bark that is most fascinating to me, it consists of many peeling layers, so that when you squeeze a branch the outside feels kind of spongy, with a solid core. The bark also feels damp, as if it is storing water somehow (and believe me, it hasn’t rained here in months).
My tree expert friend suggested Brazilian Pepper Tree, but the bark on that seems totally different (based on images I can see online).
Anyone have a good guess?