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Cinnamomum chekiangensis/Camphor Tree

Cinnamomum chekiangensis / Cinnamomum chekiangensis
Relatively young tree in a Baton Rouge garden
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Relatively young tree in a Baton Rouge garden

Bronze emerging foliage

Close-up image of summer foliage showing parallel veins

Sizable specimen tree in Houston Botanical garden

Summer foliage showing some sooty mold

Emerging spring foliage can be quite handsome

Upright tree form with young spring foliage

Close-up image of leaves showing prominent parallel veins

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Scientific Name: Cinnamomum chekiangensis
Common Name: Camphor Tree
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: This camphor tree grows in warm climates of the country and produces a beautiful upright growing tree with long, narrow, shiny green leaves with parallel veins, and they hang loosely from the tree. A special feature of the tree are the copper colored leaves that emerge in the spring giving the tree an unusual foliage color. It is reported that this camphor will grow in colder climates than the better known camphor tree (Cinnomomum camphora) that grows near the Gulf Coast.