Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg

Monodora myristica

Family: Annonaceae
Genus: Monodora (mon-OH-dor-uh) (Info)
Species: myristica (my-RIS-ti-kuh) (Info)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (dark red)

Pale Yellow

Medium Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Boca Raton, Florida

Miami, Florida

Mulberry, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 7, 2020, ScottLucas from Ainaloa, HI wrote:

A resident of Hawaii, I have held a deep love and appreciation of this tree for many years. It grows on Kauai, Oahu and Hawaii Island by my personal observation. The 23 year-old tree growing on my property here in Pahoa, Hawaii has flowered these past many years; but currently it is fruiting and has two large, round, green fruits measuring about four inches across. The seeds from which this tree were grown came from mature trees growing at Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden in 1997, so whatever the pollinator is that allowed mine to fruit must be present there as well.

The tree is deciduous; but there is no seasonal or day length involved with determination of the timing of leaf loss and new growth. Leaf loss and new growth occur within a very short time span: one ... read more


On May 10, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a pretty looking tree from Asia, with low and spreading branches, with large, round and light green leaves, providing great shade, not to mention the pretty sight of seeing the light passing through the leaves, making it glow from below.

The flowers are the strangest things. Hanging from a pendant peduncle, these big flowers have 3 long, wavy, and extremely colorful petals - dark red with random pale yellow spots, and a cream stripe in the middle that gets broader as it aproaches the center. In the middle there are 3 white petals, joined together through their margins, forming a cupule. This cupule has openings between the petals, right on the base, where insects go in and out. This "entrance" is marked with yellow callousities. Inside the cupule, the petals are pret... read more