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Alternate names: True Cinnamon, Canella, Ceylon Cinnamon


Family: Lauraceae

Height 25’ Width 25’

Flower Time: March - April

Harvest Time - Bark: Year round

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Well drained

Planting and care instructions

Native to: SE Asia

Temperature before freezing: Mature 25˚ Young 30˚

Rate of Growth: Moderately slow

Salt Tolerance: Good

Fruit Description: Cinnamon is derived from the bark of young stems not the fruit. The proper stage of wood to harvest is marbled wood, green to brown.

Tree Description: Cinnamon has medium green soft appearing leaves in the landscape. It makes a nice small tree for locations where a large tree will not fit. If a bush or hedge is needed cinnamon will also be a good choice.

Varieties: No known varieties exist, however if grown by seed cinnamon will vary in scent from a process called seedling variation.

Uses: Cinnamon is used in many modern and historical recipes and essential oils, dating to biblical times, and is one of the most widely used spices. Cinnamon sticks are used for fruit punches, fresh stewed fruits, pickling or hot drinks like teas. Cinnamon can also be ground into a powder using a coffee grinder or spice grinder. It has also been reported that it will help to control diabetes and has other medicinal properties.

Maintaining tree size: Cinnamon takes trimming very well. It can be trimmed into a typical hedge, just imagine the smell trimming cinnamon. It can be grown as a bush and maintained to a certain size or a tree maintained to fit in a particular location.

Container plant: Cinnamon makes a good container plant with proper fertilizer and water and repotting when needed.

Problems: A manganese deficiency can occur which is cured by adding either a water soluble manganese product or a full minor element package such as KeyPlex Direct.

Special note: Cinnamomum cassia (cassia cinnamon) is not Cinnamomum zeylanicum (true cinnamon), they are sometimes confused as the same plant. Cassia cinnamon is more astringent and does not have the same flavor.