How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Camphor tree—Cinnamomum camphora
Family Lauraceae (Laurel family)

Plant Identification

Camphor trees are slow-growing evergreen trees reaching up to 50 feet tall.  They have a strong trunk with heavy branches.  New growth is pinkish or red and older leaves are shiny yellowish-green.  In late spring, trees produce small yellow flowers followed by small black fruit. 

Optimum conditions for growth

Camphor trees do well in areas with full sun or light shade.  Because they drop leaves heavily in the spring and later drop fruit, flowers, and twigs, plant in areas where litter in not a problem.  Plant away from garden beds and paved areas, including sewer and drainage lines.  Provide little to moderate amounts of water.   


Pests and disorders of Cinnamomum camphora


  • Aphids
    • California laurel aphid


Environmental disorders



Leaves of camphor tree
Shiny yellowish-green leaves of camphor tree

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