Camphor Laurel


Scientific name: Cinnamomum camphora

Common names: camphor laurel, camphor, camphor tree, camphortree, Formosa camphor, gum camphor, Japanese camphor, shiu leaf, true camphor

Overview: This species has a widespread naturalised distribution, mainly in the eastern parts of Australia. It is most common in the coastal areas of south-eastern Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales.

Cinnamomum camphora is a significant environmental weed in New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland. It is currently having the greatest impact in south-eastern Queensland, where it is ranked among the top 10 most invasive plants, and in north-eastern New South Wales.

It most frequently germinates under fences and powerlines, where birds tend to rest and deposit the seed. As it grows in these locations it can push over fences and disrupt power facilities. Mature camphor laurel trees develop a massive root system which are known to block drains and crack concrete pavements. The fruit, leaves, and roots are also toxic to humans if ingested in sufficient doses.

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