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.
Botanical name: Cinnamomum camphora.
English name: Camphor tree
Thai name: การบูร
Parts used in traditional medicine: