1. Camphor Tree
Cinnamomum camphora (樟)
The tall, majestic Camphor tree would be equally at home in a rural village landscape in a far corner of Hong Kong. Its leaves are alternate, a bit leathery to touch and around 7-10 cm long. Some leaves display a wavy edge and some replace their dark green upper and whitish lower surfaces with a display of red or orange-red come the autumn. Perhaps their most attractive and memorable gift to us is the unique fragrance of camphor oil.
The flowers of the Camphor tree are small (3mm long), greenish-white or yellow and arrive in April or May. By late summer or mid-autumn, the flowers are replaced by small round fruit which is green when immature but deep purple when ripe. The trunk is decorated with a distinctive, deeply furrowed bark.