Cinnamomum camphora Lauraceae
Camphor Tree, Camphor Laurel sin-a-MO-mum kam-FOR-a
- Evergreen tree, fast growing, 40-60(100) ft tall and wide (12 × 18 m [30 m]), rounded shape, then wide spreading. Leaves simple, alternate, oval, oval-lanceolate to obovate, 7.5-10 cm long, 4-7.5 wide, tip acuminate, base wedge-shaped, margin entire, dark green and glabrous above (new growth bronzy), 3-4 vein pairs, fragrant (camphor) odor when crushed. Flowers perfect, small (1-2 mm), greenish white and fragrant, in 5-7.5 cm axillary clusters. Fruit black, about 1 cm wide, produced in great numbers and can messy.
- Sun or light shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 9 Native to Japan, southeast China (City Tree of Suzhou) and Taiwan. Note: Considered an invasive species in Australia and in Florida. Birds eat the plentiful fruit and distribute the seeds.
- camphora: pertaining to camphor.