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Cinnamomum camphora /Camphor Tree

Cinnamomum camphora  / Cinnamomum camphora
Large lawn tree growing in a warm climate
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Large lawn tree growing in a warm climate

Foliage and young berries

Mature tree

Close-up of leaves and flowers

Camphor trees have dense canopies

Early spring flowers

Fruit and foliage in summer

Mature fruit attracts birds

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Scientific Name: Cinnamomum camphora
Common Name: Camphor Tree
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: A street tree that is highly tolerant of urban conditions. Dropping fruit can stain surfaces beneath the tree. Birds relish the fruit. Subject to severe freeze injury if temperatures hold in the teens for several days. Trees usually return from the stumps as multiple trunked specimens after hard freezes. Volunteers appear in large numbers near fruiting trees because of the heavy fruit set. Shallow-feeding surface roots and heavy shade make it difficult to grow other plants beneath the canopies of camphor trees. Highly tolerant of most growing conditions.