Camphor Tree

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camphor tree

[′kam·fər ‚trē]
Cinnamomum camphora. A plant of the laurel family (Lauraceae) in the order Magnoliales from which camphor is extracted.

Camphor Tree


(Cinnamomum camphora), an evergreen tree of the family Lauraceae. Height, 20–50 m. It has leathery, aromatic leaves. Its small flowers are plain and whitish. All parts of the tree contain essential camphor oil; the camphor is obtained from the oil by oxidation. The wood of this tree is not damaged by insects. It grows wild in South China (primarily on the islands of Taiwan and Hainan) and in southern Japan; it is also grown in these regions for commercial purposes. In the USSR the camphor tree is grown on the Black Sea Shore of the Caucasus, but only on a small scale; camphor is obtained primarily from synthetic sources.

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Both my neighbor and I have 8-year-old camphor trees with leaves that are always falling off and branches that turn black on the ends,'' Breit wrote.
The camphor tree belongs to the laurel family of plants (Lauraceae), many of which are aromatic trees.
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Generations of Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, dwellers have known them as camphor trees and they have graced the city's streets for a century or more.
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On Wednesday, the lively crowd of 25 kids, ages 5-13, toiled in the hot sun, digging holes for five camphor trees and adding to the dozen-or-so saplings that dot the small community park.