Also known as
Wildekanferbos (Afr.), Mofathla (Tswana), Leleshwa (Swahili Maasai)
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Camphor Bush Overview
The Camphor bush is a small, semi-deciduous tree. The branches and foliage form a V-shaped canopy with the stem being covered with pale brown bark. This small tree with its attractive grey foliage is particularly suited to tough conditions, such as areas battered by wind and coastal sea spray to dry inland gardens. It is even able to recover from being almost burnt to the ground. The tree requires no special nurturing. ZA Distribution: Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape.
Common problems with Camphor Bush
Generally problem free.
How to harvest Camphor Bush
Generally not harvested
How to propagate Camphor Bush
Soft wood cuttings can be taken in the growing season.
Sow seed in spring, germination takes about 8 weeks. Seedlings transplant easily.
Special features of Camphor Bush
Excellent tree for creating tall hedges or windbreaks especially in coastal gardens.
Other uses of Camphor Bush
Medicinal. Problems such as blocked sinuses and headache can be healed by inhaling the smoke from the burning green leaves. Drinking boiled mixture of leaves and water can help to treat coughing, toothache and abdominal cramps.
Blocked sinuses and headache can be healed by inhaling the smoke from the burning green leaves. Drinking a tea of leaves and water can help to treat coughing, toothache, abdominal pain and bronchitis.