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PlantFiles: Clove
Syzygium aromaticum

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Syzygium (siz-ZY-gee-um) (Info)
Species: aromaticum (ar-oh-MAT-ih-kum) (Info)

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

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USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
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Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral melangemerchant On Mar 15, 2006, melangemerchant from Adelaide
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

I recently aquired a small clove tree which I will attempt to nurse through winter in warm position in a pot. Clove is native to a small group of islands in Northern Indonesia called the Moluccas, Ternate, Tidor and Bacan being the three main islands where this spice was propogated. Today Zanzibar and Madagascar are the major producers of cloves for the world market.

Syzygium aromaticum is a very tropical tree and does not tollerate cold (

Neutral Monocromatico On Oct 17, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

Clove comes from India, and was one of the most overlooked spices before the advent of the refrigerator. The dried up floral buds were used to conservate meat and perishable food, and even today is used to give a particular taste to sweets, desserts and many other recipes.

This is a short to medium sized tree, reaching around 15m tall, but producing flowers even when still short. The leaves are green and shiny, and have a strong aroma too. The flowers are small and white. The floral buds must be collected and dried before blooming. I donīt have information about fruits nor seeds.

It needs high temperatures, full sun (tolerates some shade), and moist rich soil.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Dunnellon, Florida

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