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Camphor Bush

Tarchonanthus camphoratus

Also known as

Wildekanferbos (Afr.), Mofathla (Tswana), Leleshwa (Swahili Maasai)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

9m

Max

4m

1.5m

Min

2m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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

    Cuttings

    Soft wood cuttings can be taken in the growing season.

    Seed

    Sow seed in spring, germination takes about 8 weeks. Seedlings transplant easily.

    Special features of Camphor Bush

    Hedge plant

    Excellent tree for creating tall hedges or windbreaks especially in coastal gardens.

    Drought resistant

    Attractive flowers

    Wind break

    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.

    Medicinal

    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.

    Other uses

    Medicinal