How to grow Cinnamomum verum

Cinnamomum verum growing tree of the genus Cinnamomum also known as True cinnamon tree or Ceylon cinnamon, Cinnamomum verum is perennial evergreen plant, used for the edible leaves as spices and edible bark also used as ornamental plant for the fragrant also possible to grow it as bonsai, can grow in mediterranean, subtropics or tropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+ but with the right care can grow in hardiness zone 9.

Cinnamomum verum bark

Bark color brown mostly the useful part, the bark fall from the mature trunk sometimes needed help.

Leaves edible, can be used for flavor of the leaves, fragrant but week smell, and weaker when it’s dry and almost gone.

Flowers small color yellow, flowers grow on stalk in inflorescence.

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How to grow True cinnamon tree growing and care:

Warm climate, moist soil, rich soil with organic matter, mulch when the tree young especially in the winter and in hardiness 9.

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but possible to start from cutting if well trained with cutting it’s faster that to start from seeds

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Some cultivars contain toxic

Planting season:
Spring to autumn but in hardiness zone of 9 plant in spring, hardiness zone 10 spring to summer, hardiness zone 11 spring to autumn, hardiness zone 12+ all year, this is what recommended but possible also to extant the planting season

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, brown spots

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Week, dead branch

Size of the plant:
4-15 m, 12-45 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter, flowerpot or containers:
Yes, start with small pot 20-30% bigger than the roots ball, every time that switch the container to bigger switch some of the soil to new soil until arrive to the desirable container size, after that every few years better to switch part of the soil and cut some roots and branches, no need to take the plant out just from the side of the container, soil can be used potting soil or mixture of peat soil and perlite

Blooming information

Bloom season?
Autumn / Winter

General information about the flower:
Small flower in yellow color

Pollination is done by:

Thinning the bloom:
There is no need in the blossom as long as the tree young it’s better to thinning

Grow from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Seeds are yellow with a brown bark, in the wild the seeds pass through the digestive of an animal, to simulate this situation rub the seeds and remove some of the bark, also recommend to sow in slightly acidic soil

Saving seeds until sowing:
Dry dark place

Sowing season:
Tropical spring, subtropical early summer

Plant spacing:
Different pot

How deep to sow the seed?
1-2 cm from the top

Seeding conditions:
Rich soil, moist, half shade

Watering the seeds:
Average amount of water

Germination time:
20-30 day but can be more

Condition of the sprout:

Do the seeds require burying?

Vegetative Reproduction

How to make Vegetative Reproduction?

The time for vegetative reproduction:
Spring / Summer

How much time does it take to grow roots in vegetative reproduction?
3-6 weeks

What is the treatment for vegetative reproduction?
Moist, wet soil, half shade, high humidity

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
All year

How to harvest the leaves?
After tree establish root it doesn’t matter as long as you leave enough leaves on the tree

Information about leaves:
Light to dark green depend on the sun exposure , shiny oval leaves

Uses of Cinnamon leaves:
Beverage, fragrance, cooked

Edible bark

When to harvest bark?
All year

How to harvest bark?
After tree establish every year it’s possible to cut vertical line in the bark and wait until it disconnect from the tree, another option it’s to wait until the tree will take off the bark

Information about the bark:
Brown bark

Uses of the bark:
Beverage, fragrance, cooked

Scientific name:

Cinnamomum verum

Alternative names: Ceylon cinnamon tree, True cinnamon tree, Camphorina cinnamomum, Cinnamomum aromaticum, Cinnamomum zeylanicum

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Ornamental parts

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Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone