camphortree Lauraceae Cinnamomum
camphora (L.) J. Presl
|Leaf: Alternate, evergreen, simple, ovate to obovate, to 5 inches, margins entire and somewhat wavy, dark glossy green above, pale below, with three prominent veins, with a camphor odor when crushed.
Flower: Somewhat showy and fragrant, greenish white to pale yellow, small and borne on 3-inch panicles.
Fruit: Dark blue to black, round, fleshy drupes that are borne on green stalks; usually produced in abundance.
Twig: Slender, geen changing to reddish brown, buds 1/2 inch, imbricate, and sharp-pointed,
Bark: Reddish brown and quite variable, ranging from irregular furrows with flat-topped ridges to somewhat scaly.
Form: A small to medium sized tree (to 60 feet but may reach 100 feet) with a round, wide-spreading crown. May form dense thickets where naturalized.
Looks like: redbay
| Additional Range Information:
Cinnamomum camphora is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting camphortree.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson