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PlantFiles: Ceylon Cinnamon Tree
Cinnamomum verum

Family: Lauraceae (law-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cinnamomum (sin-uh-MOH-mum) (Info)
Species: verum (VER-um) (Info)

Synonym:Cinnamomum zeylanicum

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34 members have or want this plant for trade.


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Frannyo On Dec 1, 2012, Frannyo from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

One around the corner is doing well in a pot, in dappled shade, well established. Used the same soil mix and a little more sun, and the leaves have been yellow for a year, with no new growth. Fertilizing with compost to see if we can turn it around.

Neutral kungfoochimp On Aug 7, 2011, kungfoochimp from Wailuku, HI (Zone 12a) wrote:

Somewhat picky. I had a 3-4' tall sapling in a semi-shade spot. Watering was generous, but soil very well draining. Died quickly. In retrospect I would have given it more sun. I've read that they do not respond well to re-potting/being moved.

Neutral oceanmystic On Aug 7, 2006, oceanmystic from San Diego, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I purchased seed from tradewind fruit. The germination notes say keep soil above 75F for best results. I placed the seeds 3/4" deep In organic potting soil with high proportion of perlite and bottom heat. I have tested the temperature periodically with a probe and the samples were from 72F up to 88F. I have one sprout after five weeks.
The sprout is vigorous and happy. I assume the remaining seeds have lost viability

Neutral Monocromatico On Jul 30, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

The bark of this tree has a very strong cinnamon scent, and is one of the most commercialized kinds of cinnamon over here.

Positive palmbob On Jul 21, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Attractive smallish tree with shiny, light green leaves... new leaves pale to pinkish. Trunk smooth and whitish. Bark cinnamon flavored and also used for a variety of medicinal purposes. Leaves also have some medicinal oil qualities. Not sure about hardiness, but does well in zone 10a


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

Encinitas, California
Upland, California
Kissimmee, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Mulberry, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Harvey, Louisiana
Houston, Texas

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