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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.
Simple, opposite leaves are aromatic.
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.
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.
Fertile moist well-drained soil
- How to plant a tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- How to plant a tree
- Ties - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Restaking fallen young trees - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Fallen old tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Clearing up fallen beech tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Spring pruning - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing side shoots - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pruning and Shaping Magnolia - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Deer protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Weed Spraying - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing Ivy - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing wire protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Tree Survey - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Crown uplift - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing shoots below graft - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing peeling bark - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Maintaining variegation - Video Tip ondemand_video
Buy Varieties of CINNAMOMUM
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
Shiny, three-veined leaves. Flowers, bark and foliage are fragrant