Cinnamomum camphora - Camphor tree
About 250 species of Cinnamomum
are native to Asia and Australia.
They are shrubs and trees, many with aromatic barks. Some are used for timber. Commercial
cassia bark and cinnamon come from Cinnamomum
species. Camphor tree is native to Asia. Camphor was derived from the bark of
this tree but camphor in modern linaments is mostly synthetic. The tree has
been cultivated in the Deep South of the United States as a shade tree. The small
flowers are followed by abundant, small fruits that are distributed widely by
Large tree to over one hundred feet tall.
This tree is listed by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
as an exotic pest plant in north Florida.
It should not be planted in north Florida.
At the University
of North Florida, staff
is working to remove this plant from the woodlands.