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Monodora myristica /False Nutmeg, Calabash Nutmeg, Ehuru, Jamacian Nutmeg

Monodora myristica  / Monodora myristica
Close-up view of the large leaves
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Close-up view of the large leaves


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Scientific Name: Monodora myristica
Common Name: False Nutmeg, Calabash Nutmeg, Ehuru, Jamacian Nutmeg
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Flower color: Red
Fruit present: Summer, Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: This is a medium=sized tropical tree which produces very large, oblong leaves which emerge purple and turn green. Fragrant, heavy, waxy flowers dangle on long stems and thicken and become the fruit if fertilized. Large seeds are embedded within aromatic pulp. These seeds are used like nutmeg to flavor food.