About Cinnamomum camphora (Camphor Tree)
This broad-leaved tree is known as Cinnamomum camphora. Evergreen in nature, its ovate light green leaves densely pack this tree that when crushed, smell of camphor. Commonly known as the Camphor Tree, this tree is native to China and Japan and is notable for its fissured bark and expansive size. Growing an average landscape size of 50-60′ x 65′, where its large trunk size and surface level roots have been known to disrupt sidewalks or curbs where planted. During the spring you can expect tiny white flowers to emerge followed by rounded black fruit that makes a repeat appearance again during the winter season. New foliage growth emerges as pink shifting to bronze before turning to its mature color of light green.
This tree is known to be a good deer deterrent and can tolerate periodical drought conditions with age.
Planting and care instructions
Plant Cinnamomum camphora in an area that receives full to partial sun using acidic to very alkaline soil. Water regularly to establish a healthy root system, then reduce frequency. This variety does have flower and fruit litter so general cleanup around the tree may be required. Growing an average rate of 24″ per year, this tree can be pruned when needed to keep a clean appearance or maintain its size.
Landscape design ideas
The Camphor Tree is best suited for large areas or lawns with some distance from any hardscaping. It has a large canopy width and would make an excellent shade tree if planted in city parks or public spaces.