Allspice takes its name from its aroma. The dried berries smells like a combination of spices, especially cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. The evergreen tree that produces the allspice berries is indigenous to the rainforests of Central America.
It is a member of the Myrtle family, growing as an attractive tree of dense foliage reaching 12m in tropical conditions. It produces small which flowers followed by the hard woody reddish/brown berries. While male and female plants are required for pollination to set fruit, the tree is often grown for ornamental purposes and leaf harvest.
Shade and regular water is required for young plants. Even though flowers contain both types of reproductive organs, some trees produce flowers with only one set of functional reproductive organs ("female flowers" produce infertile pollen and "male flowers" sterile eggs).
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Can be pruned to 2m
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Customer Comments on Allspice
I crush the leaves and make a powder out of them. | Alex Sullivan - Gisborne South, VIC 05-Oct-2009
A beautiful fragrant Tree, use the leaves to line cake tins before pouring the mix in for an infused flavour. | Kathryn Kermode - Cawongla, NSW 12-May-2006
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