Alexandrian Laurel, Kamani, Beauty Leaf

Calophyllum inophyllum

Family: Calophyllaceae
Genus: Calophyllum (kal-oh-FIL-lum) (Info)
Species: inophyllum (in-oh-FILL-um) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


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USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Boca Raton, Florida

Honolulu, Hawaii

Kealakekua, Hawaii

Wailuku, Hawaii

Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 9, 2011, kungfoochimp from Wailuku, HI (Zone 12a) wrote:

This tree is common throughout the Pacific where the lovely red wood from mature specimens is used for carvings and tableware. It superficially resembles a rubber tree while young. But takes on a more sprawling form when mature (up to 60'). Highly resistant to salt, it can provide needed shade near the shore. Elevitch warns against planting too close to structures due to the spreading shallow roots which can damage slab foundations, as well as damage sidewalks/roads. Growth is rapid during early years. Mine has grown 2-3'/year. Water needs are moderate to high. Prefers a well drained soil, with sand being preferred. I'm not sure what it's tolerance to cold is, but I would suspect it does not take freezes, given it's low elevation/tropical profile. See "Traditional Trees of Pacifi... read more


On Nov 24, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

As I understand (I may be mistaken, just got this information extra-officially), this plant is a hawaiian native that got very well adapted to the brazilian climate, specially in coastal areas. Here in Rio de Janeiro there are a lot of these planted near the beaches, getting the salty mist from the sea directly.

This is a not fast growing tree, reaching up to 10m tall, but usually staying around 5. The leaves are shiny, kinda leathery, oposite, and has a white to cream colored sap. The inflorescence is a white stemmed panicle, bearing 5 to many more white flowers. There are 1in wide, white, with many yellow stamens and a very good scent (kinda reminds me of the smell of Bonnetias. The ovarium (hidden in the middle of the stamens) is red. These flowers come out in late spring... read more