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PlantFiles: Nutmeg
Myristica fragrans

Family: Myristicaceae
Genus: Myristica (my-RIS-ti-kuh) (Info)
Species: fragrans (FRAY-granz) (Info)

10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

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

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral timrann On Nov 4, 2008, timrann from Other
Mauritius wrote:

It is an dioecious and evergreen plant ; originally from Molucca island,now widely cultivated in south-east asia.The nut is used as spice worlwide.Other parts of the plant are also used to extract oil . Fruits are bright yellow when ripe with a fleshy yellowish pulp. Also jam or pickles are made from the fleshy pulp. The seed or nut is brown and commercially available everywhere. It takes as long as 7-9 years for the plant to bear fruits after planting but need to have both male (androecious) and female (gynoecious) plants.

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