Height: 50’; Spread: 60'
Slow to moderate
Evergreen; broad, rounded canopy
Glossy yellow-green, waxy, ovate leaves with pointed tips 1–3”. Older leaves turn reddish before falling in spring.
Tiny, lightly fragrant whitish flowers in 2" long panicles.
Small fruits turn black in winter.
Green to grayish-brown, develops square scales with age.
In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).
- Tree Care:
Moderate. Early pruning to train a good shape. Regular pruning needed less frequently with age.
Drought (once established), any soil, some shade, medium winds
- Special Considerations:
Roots may buckle sidewalk. Susceptible to verticillium wilt and armilleria. Drops leaves heavily in early spring. Creates a lot of litter.
- Notable Traits:
Native to China, Japan, and Taiwan. Leaves are aromatic when crushed. Camphor is distilled from the leaves and twigs.