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Allspice flowersBotanical Name: Pimento officinalis

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).

Other Names: Jamacan Pepper, Pimenta
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Plant Information or Specifications

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Spices (#Spices)

Preferred Climate

Tropical, Subtropical
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)


Plants required to Pollinate

2 compatible plants (Pollination Required)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Likes Temps above 5deg

Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas


Suitability in Pots


Water Requirements

Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?

Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

5+ Years

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months




Customer Comments on Allspice

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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


I crush the leaves and make a powder out of them. | Alex Sullivan - Gisborne South, VIC 05-Oct-2009
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Kath's Edible Fruits
Update: 2680 days 12hrs

Comments: - My favourite tree, beautiful form and deliciously spicey leaves. I put a couple in the bottom of the cake tin when baking banana cakes.

Height 2 metres

Qty: 1

Cross Pollinator Variety: Trees are Male or Female

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VioletCactus1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3023 days 20hrs

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What a wonderful plant. The fragrance of the leaves is heavenly. I use them in rice dishes. It's also an attractive shrub with delicate flowers - I highly recommend it.

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MaryT says... [2705 days 14hrs ago]
Thanks for the recommendation. I use the spice in cakes but didn't realise you can use fresh leaves. I will read up on it and try to get a plant.

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Allspice 9/10

Mark35's Edible Fruits
Update: 1178 days 21hrs

Comments: -

It is still small, growing in a pot in full sun.  It gets on well with the other plants in the pot, Winter Tarragon, French Tarragon and Thyme.

The leaves are used in cooking, no idea if the plant is male or female and we only have one.

Planted: 2011

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control:

Nothing seems to bother it.

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Allspice (Cutting)

Carla1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2736 days 12hrs

Comments: -

For Rhys

Photo taken 2009, No rain Nov-Jan10, Sept 2010 - Is flowering

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

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Allspice (Seedling) 8/10

Bizibee's Edible Fruits
Update: 2295 days 11hrs

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Bought off ebay as seedling not long ago.  In a pot under front verander which gets the afternoon sun (west facing).  So far doing well.

Planted: 2011

Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

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StaceysGarden's Edible Fruits
Update: 522 days 18hrs

Comments: - because the concept of growing my own spices is so romantic and exciting and I love to try new things and enjoy challenges! 

Pollination: No

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