Large evergreen tree < 30 m tall. Leaves are < 10 x 5 cm, glossy and smell of camphor when crushed. Flowers are minute, white and borne in clusters in spring. Fruits are round drupes 8-10 mm in diameter and green ripening to black.
Although camphor laurel is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.
Forest, scrubland, riparian margins, pasture, disturbed habitats, roadsides, fencerows.
Seeds dispersed by birds and water. Vegetative spread from suckering. Human-mediated dispersal through deliberate plantings.
Forms dense stands, outcompeting and displacing native plants and suppressing native regeneration.
Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.