CINNAMON MYRTLE Backhousia myrtifolia
Natural occurrence: Rainforests of subtropical Australia
Description: Small tree up to 7 meters. It forms a low canopy. The
leaves are 3-6 cm long and have a pleasant spicy cinnamon-like aroma and
flavour. The attractive flowers are creamy coloured and star shaped,
followed by star-like capsules.
Cultivation: The cinnamon myrtle is well suited to the home garden.
The tree is adaptable to a broad range of conditions and different soil
types. Cinnamon myrtle is suitable for full-sun and semi-shade
situations. The tree is tolerant of light frosts. Leaves can be
harvested as sprigs for use in cooking.
Use: This is a specific selection for its flavouring qualities, and is
the actual clonal variant that inspired the name “cinnamon myrtle” in
the 1980s. Other / B.myrtifolia/ products marketed as cinnamon myrtle
are other lower quality, and are not this particular variant, which has
the high-end flavour and aroma qualities.
The leaves of cinnamon myrtle have a cinnamon-like aroma sweet aroma and
flavour, and can be used as a spice in various dishes. It’s used in
savory recipes, deserts, confectionary and herbal teas.
The main essential oil isolate in cinnamon myrtle is elemicin, which is
also a significant flavouring component in common nutmeg.
Cinnamon myrtle can also be used in floristry.
Peter Hardwick, January 2007
Plant Information or Specifications
Height when established
Is Pollination Required?
Leaf Growth Habit
Fruit Harvest Months in Australia
All year round
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