Camphor Tree

Common name(s): Camphor Tree

Scientific name: Cinnamomum camphora

Plant family: LAURACEAE

Origin: Native to eastern Asia

Description: Grows to about 40 – 50 feet. Spread 50 – 70 feet. Leaves have a glassy, waxy appearance. In the sprint it produces bright green foliage with small white flowers. Produces clusters of black, berry-like fruit. Pale bark that is rough. Self-seeds easily. Resistant to diseases. Grows fast.

Growing Conditions: Tolerant of urban conditions. Susceptible to root rot so soil should not remain wet. Grows in full sun to partial shade. Amenable to a variety of soils. Intolerant of water-logged soils. Propagation is by seed. Pruning needed for strong structure. High drought tolerance. Can form large surface roots. Susceptible to laurel wilt, scales and mites.

Wildlife: The fruit attracts birds.

Relation to Nehrling Gardens:

Location in Gardens: H6

Additional Information: Camphor has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including respiratory problems, skin conditions, and pain. In addition to its medicinal properties, camphor is also used in the production of many consumer products, such as mothballs, insecticides, and decongestants.

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