Top Questions About Camphor Trees

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Questions About Camphor Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
March 27, 2013

Q. Camphor Tree and Lawn Weeds

We have a mature camphor tree in the front yard, which every year drops hundreds of berries into the grass. As a result, my lawn is INFESTED with small camphor seedlings. I used to pull them up by hand, but I can’t keep up and the lawn looks aweful – about half grass and half weed. Any suggestions for dealing with this?

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
March 27, 2013
A.

This article on Camphor trees has several suggestions on management of this plant: http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/101

(The management section is about 1/3 of the way thru the article.)

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 7, 2014

Q. camphor trees and flower beds

Can I plant flowers at the base of my camphor tree?

Answered by
Nikki on
November 7, 2014
Certified Expert
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They will not prevent them from growing. You may find issues with the flowers having enough water to grow, as the tree may use up the available water.

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Asked by
Juliebrown3040 on
June 11, 2016
Sacramento ca. Zone 9

Q. Camphor tree shavings

I recently had a camphor tree cut down and saved some of the shavings when they ground the stump. If I use these around my flowering plants to keep down weeds, will it harm them?

Answered by
LuvaLeigh on
June 13, 2016
A.

As long as your plants are mature it should not have any adverse reactions. If you have some concerns about the shavings robbing nitrogen from your existing plants you can incorporate them into a compost pile for a season and allow them to decompose a bit before adding them to your garden bed.

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Asked by
R warren on
May 20, 2017
Poway, ca

Q. Camphor tree (mature) watering needs

We have 30 year old camphor trees in our yard (live in San Diego)

How much watering do they need

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 21, 2017
Certified Expert
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During a dry spell or drought situation, 1 inch of water every 2 to 3 weeks.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/camphor-tree/camphor-tree-growing.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 17, 2018

Q. Camphor tree

I live in santa clarita ca. I have two camphors trees about 15 ft. tall, I have them planted in my patio on each end about about 25ft apart, one seems to doing great but the other one is loosing alot of leaves I water the one loosing its leaves about once a week,because I was told I might be over watering it, I see now some of the small green berrys and little leave sprouting. When I fill the well under the sick tree the water takes about 10 minutes to filter down. My question is what is the correct course to follow? I read the camphors are good for drought areas, so it seems by cutting back on watering I am seeing a little growth. Any ideas

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 18, 2018
Certified Expert
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It sounds like your soil is very slow to drain.

Well draining soil is needed for success with many trees, including the Camphor Tree.

I am concerned at the proximity you have these trees planted, both to each other and to a patio. This may not be the best tree for your location.
This link will refresh you on the care and growing habit of this tree.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/camphor-tree/camphor-tree-growing.htm

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Asked by
rubeacor on
May 18, 2019
La Verne, CA 91750

Q. can camphor tree roots be damaging in front yard with a sprinkler system

Have this tree in our front yard. See roots rising on one side. Feel concerned

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 18, 2019
Certified Expert
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Camphor trees are very slow growing, to about 50' tall and about 60' wide. Tree root systems typically grow near the soil surface and extend one to one-and-one-half times the diameter of the tree canopy. Roots will naturally gravitate toward sources of water, which can include drainfields and leaky water pipes. To be on the safe side, provide 60-90 feet of space between underground sources of water and the trunk of a camphor tree.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/camphor-tree/camphor-tree-growing.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 25, 2019

Q. Is it normal for my camphor tree to shed leaves this time of year in Central Florida?

My camphor tree is sprouting the berries, but I have also noticed many little clusters of dead leaves. I find a lot of the thinner green newer branches with green leaves on the ground. Is this leaf loss normal?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 26, 2019
Certified Expert
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Camphor is an evergreen. These should never lose leaves to a drastic extent. The new growth at the bottom signals a problem with the tree. The top is dying off while the bottom is sending up what will be a replacement. It may be best to cut the original tree down so that it does not fall, and focus on just one of those new shoots to replace the tree over time.

This article will give you more information on the care of these trees: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/camphor-tree/camphor-tree-growing.htm

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