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?
Can I plant flowers at the base of my camphor tree?
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.
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?
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.
We have 30 year old camphor trees in our yard (live in San Diego) How much watering do they need
During a dry spell or drought situation, 1 inch of water every 2 to 3 weeks.
regarding the camphor trees how would they do in central Arizona or northern Arizona area I'm interested in growing some trees in that area we get snow and rain plus heat as well
Camphor are beautiful sub-tropical trees, native to southern China. Heat they can take if adequately irrigated, snow and sub-freezing temperatures of northern Arizona they cannot.
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
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.
Have this tree in our front yard. See roots rising on one side. Feel concerned
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.