Pimenta dioica/Allspice

Pimenta dioica / Pimenta dioica
Specimen plant growing in a Texas demonstration garden
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Specimen plant growing in a Texas demonstration garden

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Scientific Name: Pimenta dioica
Common Name: Allspice
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: Allspice is a relatively small evergreen tree that grows in the warm climates of the world. In some parts where conditions are favorable it has escaped cultivarion. The plant produces thick, leathery, aromatic foliage. The condiment, allspice, is produced from the unripened berry-like fruit of this tree. It is a major spice for seasoning pickles, marinades, ketchup, and pies of various kinds. In colder climates this tree makes a handsome container plant, but must be protected from frost and freezes. Plants do not normally flower and produce fruit when growing in containers. On older trees the bark is exfoliates into thin sheets giving this tree another ornamental value.