Cinnamomum camphora

Cinnamomum camphora

Camphor Laurel

[optinlocker]Cinnamomum camphora has been widely used throughout the inner-eastern suburbs of Melbourne because of its evergreen habit, ability to tolerate many soil types, and restricted size in the streetscape. Camphor Laurel trees can become up to 20m tall, as seen at the Royal Botanic Gardens, but typically, they are 6-8m trees on nature strips.

C. camphora originates in south-eastern Asia, and thrives in hot, moist conditions. In Melbourne, it grows relatively slowly and fruits little, whereas in Sydney it is a fast-growing, invasive weed species.

This tree is elegant for most of the year, although in Melbourne, it will become somewhat chlorotic in the colder weather. Its root system can be somewhat invasive, and probably should not be planted close to services or buildings. Many of the Camphor Laurels in Melbourne are 20 years + in age, and show good aging characters, although many have poor form resulting from poor early formative pruning.

Because of its usefulness as an in-fill tree for existing streetscapes, MTG are producing well-pruned, vigorous Camphor Laurels for the Melbourne market.[/optinlocker]

Typical mature height: 20m

Useful in: mature streetscapes

Sites for best growth: most, ample water best