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CINNAMOMUM camphora

Commonly known as Camphor tree

When you crush the leaves the spicy smell is overwhelming. Tender but well worth trying in a sheltered spot as this is a handsome foliage shrub
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£16.50 each

  • Evergreen - narrow, oval, boldly-veined, glossy leaves to 10cm (4in), red-tinted when young, then rich-green.
  • Height - 20m (70ft)
  • Spread - 5-8m (15-25ft)
  • Tree - erect to spreading habit. Flowers are small, bowl-shaped and borne in clusters 5-7cm (2-3in) across followed by black berries.
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Medicinal properties - fleshy fruit is grown for its spicy flavouring and used in traditional medicine. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy.
  • Pests & Diseases - scale insects under glass.
  • Place of origin - tropical areas of eastern and southeastern Asia.
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Greenhouse / conservatory - Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter - loam based compost, plenty of light but shade from hot sun.
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Is Scented Plant - Scented foliage
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Tree Shape - Broadly columnar
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