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Camphor bush

Tarchonanthus camphoratus

Wildekanferbos (Afr.), Leleshwa (Swahili Maasai)

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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

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

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

Geography

Origin
Africa, Southern Africa, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Peninsula.
Natural climate
Sub-tropical and Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

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.
Notes
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.

Personality

Family
Asteraceae
Flower colour
Creamy white
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally problem free.

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