Botanical name: Cinnamomum camphora
Camphor laurel is an evergreen tree that is highly invasive due to its very rapid growth and its ability to reproduce. Even after lopping them down they regenerate, even from wood chips. They also propagate readily from seed. This distinct weed can be identified easily by the oval leaves that are glossy, purple to lime green when immature and dark green when fully grown.
The leaves have a very distinct camphor oil smell, when crushed. It fruits in the form of small berries that are 1cm wide, black and spherical and usually noticeable in late autumn. The trees can grow to a height of 20m, and are usually found in shady areas or in disturbed bushland. They are able to compete in areas of low light, crowding out other species
Camphor laurel is an evergreen tree that is highly invasive due to its very rapid growth and its ability to reproduce.