Cinnamomum camphora – Camphor tree

Cinnamomum camphora, commonly known as Camphor tree or การบูร in Thai

Camphor trees are found throughout Asia and Africa. They produce a fragrant oil called “camphor,” which is used in many home products such as soap, shampoo, lotion, perfume, candles, etc. Camphor is also used in medicine because it helps with headaches, colds, coughs, fevers, and other ailments.

Choose a good location for planting and ensure there is enough room for the tree to grow.

Planting time depends upon the climate.
Camphor trees take three years to mature. They should be planted when the soil temperature is between 50°F and 70°F. After planting, water the tree regularly until it begins to sprout leaves. Then, water less frequently.

Water the plant regularly.
Once the camphor tree starts growing, it will need regular watering if the weather is dry, water the tree every two weeks. If the weather is wet, water the tree once a week. Keep the soil moist at all times.

Prune the branches when they start growing too long or thick.
After the first year, pruning should be done only twice per year. In the spring, cut back any new growth by half. Then, in the fall, remove any dead wood. This helps prevent diseases and pests from spreading.



Cinnamomum camphora, Camphor tree, การบูร
Cinnamomum camphora, Camphor tree, การบูร

Cinnamomum camphora.

The leaf of Cinnamomum camphora
Cinnamomum camphora, Camphor tree, การบูร
First label
Cinnamomum camphora, Camphor tree, การบูร
A nice place to grow
Cinnamomum camphora, Camphor tree, การบูร
Dig a hole 3-4 times the size of the root ball and fill some potting soil in the bottom
Cinnamomum camphora, Camphor tree, การบูร
Fill up with potting soil and give water


Cinnamomum camphora.

Botanical name: Cinnamomum camphora.

English name: Camphor tree

Thai name: การบูร




Parts used in traditional medicine: