Handsome tree, to 100 feet, branches yellow-brown, buds enclosed by large imbricate scales; leaves alternate, ovate-elliptic, to 5 inches long, acuminate, whitish beneath, shed in early spring and immediately replaced by new leaves; panicles shorter than leaves; flowers yellow; fruit globose, black.
Thrives in southern California and in southermost US states; useful as a specimen tree for parks or for row plantings along streets. The wood is much used in cabinetwork in the orient; twigs, leaves and wood distilled to produce camphor.
This plant is listed as a Category 1 plant by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council as it is quite invasive and disruptive of native plant communities. An eradication effort is underway in many areas of Florida.
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