Allspice - Pimenta dioica
Information below is only the potential the plant has. You will be receiving one plant between 2.5 and 6 inches in height shipped in a 3 inch deep pot.
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 Caribbean Islands. It was discovered by Christopher Columbus who was, among other things, searching for black pepper. Since he had never seen it he mistook this for black pepper and he returned to Spain with it. It received its name Pimenta from the Spanish word for Pepper. This spice is unique in that its production is confined almost entirely to the Americas.
A slow-growing excellent small tree that lends itself well to indoor culture or outside where temperatures don't fall below freezing. 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. Grows white flowers. (Culture is similar to Bay Laurel.)Overview: Average mature height 30 to 50 feet. Watering: Rich well-drained soil. Light: Full sun. Zones 10 - 11.