Pimento officinalis

Allspice flowers

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


Specifications of Allspice

Preferred Climate Tropical, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From CuttingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) +10m

Plants required to Pollinate 2 compatible plants (Pollination Required)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Likes Temps above 5deg

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas SA, WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Fruiting/Harvest Months July

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Allspice Reviews & Tips

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★★★★ 6y ago

Redcliffe, Qld, Australia

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.

★★★★ 9y ago


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.

Alex Sullivan
11y ago

Gisborne South, VIC, Australia


I crush the leaves and make a powder out of them.

Kathryn Kermode
14y ago

Cawongla, NSW, Australia


A beautiful fragrant Tree, use the leaves to line cake tins before pouring the mix in for an infused flavour.

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