Beautiful ornamental tree with golden red bark that is dried and is the cinnamon spice. New foliage is deep red, and small white flowers are followed by dark-purple fruit.
Small or medium sized tree usually to 20-40ft. The foliage, both mature and immature is quite pretty and the tree is commonly planted for ornamental purposes.
The true cinnamon tree is subtropical or tropical. It will survive short frosts and temperatures to 32F, but should be protected from hard freezes and prolonged cool weather.
Trees grow in full sun and part shade and enjoy regular watering throughout the year.
The bark is dried and used as a spice. Leaves contain eugenol and are sometimes used as a substitute for cloves. (Eugenol is the major aromatic chemical component of cloves.)
Native to Sri Lanka, southwest India, and Burma.