Pruning Camphor Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Bakersfield, CA
Question by dameagle
January 13, 1999
When is the best time to prune a camphor tree and how?


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Answer from NGA
January 13, 1999

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Camphor trees (Cinnamomum camphora) are slow growing trees with lots of attributes. Their winter foliage is shiny yellow green. In early spring the new foliage starts out pink, red, or bronze, the old foliage drops, and yellow flower clusters appear, which turn into small blackish fruits. The trunks of the trees are especially attractive in the rain, when the bark appears black. Since Camphor is always producing something, it's best to prune in the early spring when new growth is just beginning. Prune out old, non-productive branches, and any that are dead. Then remove up to one-third of the growth on individual branches to reduce the size of the tree. Expect that new limbs and branches will develop behind the cuts you make. You can selectively remove any misplaced branches by rubbing out the sprouts as they appear on the limbs during the spring and summer months.

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