Native to the Caribbean Islands and Central Ameriac, allspice is a deliciously fragrant plant as well as a fundamental culinary herb and a handsome landscape specimen as well. The spice is made from the dried, unripe fruit of the tree, which are ground into a powder. This is a small tree that grows 20-30' tall in the landscape with an oval, upright canopy. The large leathery leaves are glossy and highly aromatic with the same allspice fragrance as the spice powder. The lovely gray-white bark peels in thin sheets. Small, fluffy white flowers bloom in large clusters in mid to late spring. The fruit is a brown berrylike drupe; both leaves and fruit smell like a combination of cloves, black pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon, hence the name "allspice."
Allspice grows best in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Best growth occurs in warm, humid, tropical to sub-tropical climates such as South Florida. Established plants have some drought tolerance. The plant would best be used as a single specimen or in small groves or groupings in the landscape.
Allspice is dioecious, which means that there are separate male and female plants. Female plants need a male plant nearby in order to create fruit to use for spice. If the plant is being grown only for the ornamental fragrant foliage, it is not necessary to have two plants.
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