How to grow Cinnamon tree

Cinnamon tree growing tree of the genus Cinnamomum also known as Cinnamon plant, Cinnamon tree is perennial evergreen plant also used as ornamental plant for the fragrant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropics or tropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 9+.

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

Cinnamon tree leaves

Leaves edible are can be used, flavor of the leaves or fragrant week, some species are stronger than the others, after a while from pick up the leaves the smell and the flavor almost gone.

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

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Requirements for Cinnamon plant growing and care:

Warm climate, some species require moist

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

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Some cultivars contain toxic

Planting season:

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, brown spots

Pruning season:
Spring, summer, autumn

How to prune:
Week, dead branch

Size of the plant:
4-20 m, 12-60 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 as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter, flowerpot or containers:

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


True Cinnamon – origin in Sri Lanka, tropical conditions and strong flavor, height up to 15m

Cinnamomum burmannii – subtropical species of red young leaf, height up to 8m

Saigon Cinnamon – can make aromatic oil, less common species, height up to 7m

Cinnamomum cassia – contains certain toxic and not recommend for use it in large quantities, height up to 10m

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:


Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone