camphor tree
Cinnamomum camphora
  • LEAVES: simple, alternate, persistent; elliptic, lustrous, coriaceous (leathery); aromatic (camphor odor)
  • FLOWER: small, white, axillary clusters
  • FRUIT: black drupe, 1/2”, persistent
  • TWIGS: smooth, very green
  • BARK: gray, furrowed
  • FORM: small tree with many fine branches
  • HABITAT: exotic, home sites
  • WETLAND DESIGNATION: Obligate Upland (UPL): Almost never occurs in wetlands of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Plain Region
  • RANGE: naturalized in extreme south; killed in severe winters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • USES: ornamental; originally used to extract medicinal camphor; birds eat the seed during the winter
  • Best Recognition Features:
    1. persistent, lustrous, camphor-aromatic leaves
    2. shiny green twigs
    3. persistent black drupe