Cinnamomum camphora

Camphor Tree
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Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

50′ x 60′


Full sun


Medium, Low Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time


Special Features

Attractive Bark, Desert Conditions, Drought Resistant

Container Sizes

#5, #15, 24″ box, 36″ box

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones

8, 9, 12-24, H1, H2

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Moderately slow-growing evergreen tree to 50’ tall x 60’ wide, or greater with age. This popular species develops a large trunk and branching structure to eventually form a large rounded crown. The fragrant, glossy, rounded foliage emerges with an attractive pink tinge maturing to a chartreuse green and is accented with inconspicuous yellow flowers in spring, followed by clusters of shiny black fruit in summer. Leaf, flower and fruit drop can be considerable, and its invasive rooting nature should be considered when choosing a planting location. This species is smog tolerant and well-suited for larger areas, and is especially attractive in rainy weather where its trunk and braches appear nearly black when wet. Requires moderate to little water once established, and a well-drained soil is essential for this species to thrive. Prefers a full to partial sun exposure.

USDA Zone: 8A-11
Sunset Zone: 8, 9, 12-24, H1, H2

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