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    Cinnamon Tree

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    Growing Zones: 3-11 (potted) 8-11 (in ground)
    Growing Zones: 3-11 (potted) 8-11 (in ground)
    Mature Height: 40-50 ft.
    Mature Width: 15-20 ft.
    Sunlight: Full to Partial Sun
    Spacing: 20 ft.
    Botanical: Cinnamomum zeylanicum
    Cannot Ship to: AZ, LA

    An Exotic Tree with a Spicy Surprise


    The Cinnamon Tree (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) isn’t named for the reddish-brown color of its leaves or flowers. It’s the actual plant from which we harvest the spice cinnamon, and the bark of the tree is what produces the treasured spice. Native to Sri Lanka, this tropical tree is reliably hardy only in USDA Plant Hardiness zones 10 and 11, where it can be grown outdoors year-round. But we’ll share a secret with you – if you live outside this perennial range, you can grow this tropical gem as a patio container plant that you simply move indoors for the winter!

    In the Landscape
    As a landscape plant, Cinnamon Tree flourishes in conditions that mimic its native tropical to subtropical habitat – full to partial sun; and well-drained, moist, soil that is loamy or sandy. Although it tolerates short periods of mild frosts, it will suffer injury during sustained frosts or when temperatures dip below freezing. Trees are not heavy feeders, so you’ll only need to use a slow-release or water-soluble fertilizer during its active growing season. (You’ll know when Cinnamon Tree is in its active growth phase because the new leaves are a beautiful shade of red!) In its native habitat, Cinnamon Tree grows to 50 feet tall, but a mature height of 20 to 30 feet is more common in our landscapes.

    In a Container
    If you grow Cinnamon Tree in a container, it will typically grow only 4 to 6 feet tall, so it’s an ideal height to grow indoors! When temperatures drop in autumn to around 40 degrees F, move the pot indoors to a bright-light location – a sunroom or a sunny window is ideal. Use a professional growing mix that is specifically formulated for potted plants, and use a pot that’s at least 24 inches in diameter. Good drainage is essential, so make sure the pot has a drainage hole.

    Harvesting Your Own Cinnamon
    When your tree is 2 to 3 years old, you can harvest your own cinnamon spice for apple pies, pudding, and hot drinks. All you have to do is cut small sections of mature stems from your plant and carefully scrape the outer bark away, revealing the inner bark. Score the inner bark lengthwise until you can peel it in strips; set the strips aside to dry. As the bark dries, it will curl into the familiar cinnamon stick shape!



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