Pimenta dioica Many people have been under the under the assumption that allspice is a mixture of -if not all- many spices, but it's not. It comes from the seeds and or leaves of this tropical tree. Inviting and intense aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
Crushing the leaves of this plant produces one of the most inviting and intense aromas imaginable. Most people have used the berries but few are aware that the leaves can be used to the same effect, because they are usually unavailable. You must smell fresh allspice to appreciate it.
The common name "Allspice" was coined by the English because the leaves and fruit seem to be a wonderful combination of Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
Native to Central America and the
A slow-growing excellent small tree that lends itself well to indoor culture. Outside where temperatures don't freeze. Can survive with some protection in zone 9b. Established plants can withstand temperatures to 26 or 28F. Outside it can grow 30 - 50 feet. Prefers full sun. Rich well-drained soil. Has white flowers. (Culture is similar to Bay Laurel.)
This plant is between 3 and 8 inches in height, in a 3 inch deep pot.
Zone 10, 11 for outside planting or makes a suitable indoor plant.