Since its introduction into Australia in 1822 (from China) it has become a rampant menace. Its massive, spreading roots disrupt drainage and watercourses and the fallen leaves inhibit growth around it. It outcompetes eucalyptus, some of which provide the sole food of koalas.

It is used as an alternative to mothballs as an insect deterrent.

Genus of about 250 species of evergreen trees and shrubs found in forest in eastern and southeastern Asia and Australia.

Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Simple, opposite leaves are aromatic.
  • Tall Shrub
  • Tree
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    In frost-prone areas can be grown for its foliage under glass. In frost-free areas makes a fine specimen tree.
    Pests & Diseases
    Scale insects under glass.
    Place of origin
    Southeastern Asia, Australia.
  • 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.
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil

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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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