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Cinnamomum chekiangensis
Cinnamomum chekiangensis
Cinnamomum chekiangensis
Cinnamomum chekiangensis

Cinnamomum chekiangensis

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Chekiang Camphor Tree. Most are familiar with this genus as the large specimens of C. camphora growing in zone 8b to 9 with their gargantuan trunks and massive canopies. But this species is much more cold hardy, well into zone 7. It has thrived for years in Durham, NC. Its greatest asset is its long hanging 6-8" leaves which emerge in the spring as a translucent red. When siting this species in the landscape, it would be good to plant it where the new growth can be seen in the morning sun or the setting sun. Seeing the sun rays pass through the new growth is a spiritual experience. Its ultimate size is not near that of some of its cousins. For all practical purposes, I would consider it a medium size tree of 30-50' when grown in North America.

Zones 7-9