Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors(hardy down to 30℉) 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 20-40 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 15-25 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Pimenta dioica
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The Allspice Tree: A Tasteful, Flowering Evergreen
Allspice is All THAT and MORE
You probably have it your spice rack. Allspice is used for pickling, in baking, and its oils are used in a range of products. But, did you know allspice comes from a tree known for its aromatic tendencies and pretty white flowers, set against an evergreen backdrop?
A distinguished white-gray bark will allow your allspice tree to stand out in a picture-perfect landscape, as it gives off small brown fruit, which boasts aromas akin to cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. You may recall allspice as the critical ingredient in your grandmother’s award-winning pumpkin pie, but in truth, the spice’s storied history is far-reaching.
Delicious Spice and Aromatic Perfume
Conquistadors exploring the New World brought allspice back to Europe in lieu of black pepper, but they soon found the spice to be so much more. When ground, the fruit makes the powder of which you are probably most familiar, and it quickly became a staple ingredient in the most luxurious desserts, and in liqueurs, such as Benedictine and Chartreuse.
One of the world’s most fragrant trees, even today, its oils are used in perfumes and cosmetics. Leaves from the tree can be used to infuse flavor and aroma in food, particularly those inspired by Caribbean cuisine.
Useful Medicinal Purposes
Eugenol, one of the oils found within the allspice fruit, is a natural anesthetic, which can be used in a pinch when your kids are suffering from a toothache or upset stomach. In Caribbean culture, the leaves and fruit of the allspice tree are often thought to be a natural antioxidant, while it remains notable as a folk remedy to everything from high blood pressure and obesity to menopause.
An Easy Addition to Your Evergreen Foliage
The allspice tree, which is native to the Caribbean and Central America, can be grown successfully in warmer climates in the United States, and once established, is often quite hardy and resistant to minor drought. While female plants need a male pollinator to show fruit, some male plants are able to flower on their own.
The tree is known to enjoy full sunlight and humidity, and in return, it will supply you with a wealth of shiny evergreen foliage and bring out your inner naturalist, as one of the most sensually aromatic trees in the world. An easy-going plant, it is well-suited for brightening your landscape and is even amenable to container gardening.
If you’re looking for a tree that will heighten your senses and add beauty to your space, you will love the allspice tree. Gorgeous, with a true understated beauty, it will lend your landscape an exquisite sensibility, and offer your family a unique spice profile your palate won’t soon forget.
Order your allspice tree now and ready your senses for a plant that has a lot to offer.
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Customer Reviews & Photos
Tree arrived alive, leafy and in good condition. Was planted approximately 3 weeks ago and already is getting new life at the top of the tree, very excited about what is to come.
Hoping for the best with fingers crossed.
The tree is a lot taller than I expected but I'm worried it may die. Leaves are all dried and falling off of one. The second is following with it's leaves drying out. They enclosed a note saying not to worry but I am a little concerned. Hoping for the best. I have them in large house pots to keep them in my home near a sunny window. I Added fresh potting soil.
So far my tree looks really good. I bring it in the house in the winter. But it looks like it is growing well.
Can't wait till it grows up!
The tree was a lot smaller than it thought it would be. I also missed the growing zone so planted in a southern facing protected area. It's very pretty and when it grows up I'm sure it will be an eye catcher.
Planting & Care
Seasonal, Location, and Exposure Considerations:
Allspice is a slow grower suited to be grown outdoors only in USDA Zones 10-11. It is, however, well worth growing in a container as a tropical, particularly for its large, aromatic, and glossy leaves. Outside of its tropical range, it may not flower or fruit. With protection, it may survive with protection to Zone 9B. As a guide, it will be damaged in temperatures below 28oF. It’s considered an easy plant to grow in general.
Plan to grow your Allspice tree in a location where it will receive direct morning light or partially shaded locations in the afternoon. Direct afternoon sunlight in the heat of the day can burn the foliage of a young Allspice tree.
Allspice prefers a well-drained soil, with good moisture holding capacity. However, it can tolerate most any soil textural mix in your soil as long as it drains well and holds moisture. Its ideal pH is neutral, near 7.0.
Planting and Care – Container Grown or in Pots
Choose a pot which is 2-3” wider and deeper than the previous container. You can use regular potting soil for your Allspice tree, as long as it is around pH neutral. Use a container that is free draining, with holes in the bottom. Fill the bottom 2-3” of the new pot with your soil mix, water it well and let it drain. Place the root ball on top of it, then add the rest of your soil to the soil level of the root ball. Water again until the soil is thoroughly soaked.
Place your potted tree in a location as described above, good morning sun, sheltered or filtered sun in the afternoon. Keep this in mind if you’re moving your plant around between seasons. Water your newly planted tree each day for the first couple weeks after transplanting. After it becomes established, you can back off to twice per week for watering. Remember that the Allspice tree is not drought-tolerant, and prolonged periods without water can potentially kill the tree.
Repot your tree once you can see roots poking through the drain holes in the bottom of your container, using these guidelines each time you repot.
Planting and Care – Outdoor Growing in the Garden
See above for temperature ranges and protection guidelines when growing outdoors. Choose a site accordingly, good morning sun, indirect light in the afternoon. Check the pH of your soil, and if it is significantly acid, or alkaline, either adjust with limestone or sulfur; or replace it with a well-balanced soil that is near neutral. If the soil is droughty, add peat moss and/or organic matter to your existing soil and blend well before planting into it.
Dig your hole about 2-3 times the diameter of the container your tree arrives in. Set the soil aside, and amend as needed, thoroughly blending any additions. Rake a little of the soil mix into the hole, and set the root ball allowing for a little settling, but with the goal to have the soil level be the same as the garden soil around it. Fill about halfway up the hole and water well, allow the water to drain through the soil, and finish backfilling around the plant, then water thoroughly after planting.
Water is crucial to a newly planted tree. Water once a day for the first two weeks, then reduce frequency to twice/week. Remember do not let your Allspice tree dry out. Being a tropical, it thrives in moist, hot conditions.
When fertilizing Allspice Trees, use a low concentration, well balanced fertilizer. Use an analysis no greater than 15-15-15. Use moderate levels of fertilizer during active growth periods. Start about 6 months after planting and every 6 months or so thereafter. A good guide is about 1-2 tablespoons of 15-15-15 dissolved in water, and sprinkled around the base of the tree, then water it in well.
Weed, Insects, and Diseases
One of the best features of the Allspice tree is that it has very few problems relating to insect or disease pests. Hand weed and use mulch if desired around the base of the tree.
Pruning and Training
Wait to prune your Allspice Tree until it is well established. Typically 3 years after planting. Prune only during the winter when the tree is not actively growing. Shape the tree so as to have a tight and full growing habit. It takes Allspice a few years to start blooming, and it’s generally recommended to hold off until that point, then shape and prune to your desired plant form.
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