Camphor Tree

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My grandmother, with her self-proclaimed infallibility and notorious bossiness, used to sneak into my bedroom when I had a cough to rub Vics Vapor Rub on my chest.  She knew it would make me feel better, but what she didn’t know was the reason behind its magic was the camphor oil – a soothing anesthetic similar to menthol and extracted from the Camphor Tree’s bark.  The tree originated in China, Japan and Korea, but has had a strong presence in the LA street tree scene since the 1930’s.  It is perhaps best recognized for the size of its canopy compared to the height of its trunk at nearly a 1:1 ratio.

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Posted on January 28, 2012, in Trees of Los Angeles and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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