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?
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
SOME OF MY TREES HAVE YELLOW LEAVES....HOW CAN I MAKE THEM GREEN?
Camphor trees are prone to chlorosis (yellowing) from nutrient deficiencies and are stubborn for greening up, it takes a couple or three applications of fertilizer a year, and sometimes a couple of years to see good results. They can also be affected by inadequate watering and low organic matter content so that available nutrients are not taken up and translocated throughout the foliar crown, Drip systems are often inadequate and you need to deep water by flooding a couple of times a month. Camphor are native to southern China where there are summer rains. You live in an area with hot dry summer and fall so good water managment is essential, as well as mulching to help retain soil moisture.
An all purpose complete organic fertilizer application in spring and fall is best for sustained slow release fertility.
My .4 acre has several mature camphor trees, which are invasive in North Florida, so I want to eradicate hundreds of seedlings. I need to clear the camphors and large sweet gums for a homesite. The land is low, so after clearing trees and stumps, I will need a lot of fill dirt. Will the fill on top of the seedlings kill them, or do I need to keep pulling them out by hand? thanks!please send answer to my email as well as online.
Cutting them, manually, would be a good step to start with. Keep any regrowth trimmed up until you plan to start leveling. If any are vigorous enough to stay alive through the constant trimming then you can hit those with boiling water. If you are not able to get boiling water out there then it will likely die from a thick covering when you level it. Still, should any remain, you may turn to things like vinegar or chemical herbicides.
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I live in North east Florida where I have a medium sized camphor tree, maybe 35 feet tall, its been pruned when it was younger and looks healthy. It doesn't drop thousands of berries like everyone else says, maybe 200 in a whole year, I very rarely see them. But anyway, just past the edge of the branches on the other side of my driveway there's a patch of weeds that I mow with my grass and it smells like camphor the second it is disturbed, is this a separate weed that smells similar? is it caused by the tree? or am I delusional?
There are several possibilities. Likely, either, the seedlings are sprouting (making a smell when cut), or the tree is leaking sap to the lawn below. Either way, there is likely no harm being done.
My dwarf crepe murtles are planted at the edge of a camphor tree canopy. Will this prevent them from growing or blooming?
It is possible that it could cause a slight slow down in growth, but these shrubs are quite accustomed to growing near other specimens. There may be some concern for chemical warfare at the rootzone, but it looks to be taking to the area quite well, for now.
We had to relocate our septic drain field 6 months ago and it ended up near our camphor tree (age is about 10-15 years). I noticed the other day that all the leaves are browning on the tree. It definitely had some trauma during the project as it was hit a couple times by heavy machinery. There’s also more water going by the tree but by all appearances the water is moving past it (slightly graded down from the tree). I’m hoping there is something we can do to help the tree recover as we would be very sad to lose it. We live in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. I believe our soil in our area is somewhat clay heavy. Thanks so much! Looking forward to hearing back
The tree's long roots may have been damaged as well. Construction can wreak havoc on nearby trees. Plus the additional water probably won't bode well. I suggest consulting an arborist who can assess the damage on site and give you a plan of action.