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The camphor tree is commonly planted along California streets and less common in Hawaii. These broad-leaved evergreens have fissured bark, stout branches, and pale green, glossy leaves that smell of camphor when crushed (camphor oil comes from distilled wood chips). Camphors’ aggressive surface roots and ever-widening trunks tend to lift sidewalks, heave curbs, and consume walkways. The bark from the closely related tree Cinnamomum zeylanicum(rarely planted in Hawaii) is the source of cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon. Cinnamomum camphora has a HPWRA (Hawaii Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of 14 (High Risk).
Has fragrant Flower and Leaf.
Native to China and Japan.
A Cinnamomum camphora in Stanislaus is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 53 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 294 inches and a crown spread of 121 feet.
Additional Common Names
CAMPHOR TREE, CAMPHOR LAUREL
Erect or Spreading and requires ample growing space.
Rounded or Umbrella Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 50 - 65 feet.
Width: 50 - 60 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years or more.
Leaves Oval, Glossy Light to Medium Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Fragrant Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Black Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Winter or Summer.
Bark Dark Gray, Light Gray or Red Brown, Blocky or Furrowed.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 8, 9 and 12 - 24; H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Moderate on Coast.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Anthracnose, Armillaria, Phytophthora, Root Rot and Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as High.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered Low.
Fire Resistance is Favorable.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cinnamomum camphora Tree Record." 1995-2020. Feb 27, 2020.
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