Cinnamomum mollifolium is an evergreen tree that can grow from 5 - 15 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of essentiol and fixed oils.
E. Asia - southwestern China (southern Yunnan).
Roadsides, sparse or mixed forests; at elevations from 1,100 - 1,300 metres[
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Species in this genus generally prefer an acidic soil with ample moisture in the growing season and a position with some shade[
Species in this genus are generally able to resprout from basal wood if the top is damaged, and will soon recover from any damage[
An essential oil obtained from the leaves has medicinal applications[
We have no further specific information for this species, but species in this genus are generally rich in essential oils with proven medicinal virtues. Species are often very similar and not always easily distinguished from each other. Many Cinnamomum species are likely to be used medicinally, particularly for treating disorders of the gastro-intestinal tract[
The leafy branchlets contain essential oil, which is used for medicine and light industry[
The fruit kernel contains a fixed oil and fat, which have various uses[
Seed - the seed of species in this genus generally has a short viability and is best sown as soon in containers as it is ripe[
]. Remove the fruit pulp since this can inhibit germination[
]. Soaking the seeds for 24 hours in lukewarm water hastens germination[
], which can take 1 - 6 months at 20°c[
]. The germination rate of fresh seed is about 50%, falling to 25% for seed 6 months old, and zero for those 1 year old[
]. Stored seed should be sown as soon as possible in containers[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions when 10cm or more tall.
Cuttings of semi-ripe side shoots, 7cm with a heel, in a frame with bottom heat[
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