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Cinnamomum aromaticum

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Chinese Cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromaticum) at Tagawa Gardens

Chinese Cinnamon

Chinese Cinnamon

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Chinese Cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromaticum) at Tagawa Gardens

Chinese Cinnamon foliage

Chinese Cinnamon foliage

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Chinese Cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromaticum) at Tagawa Gardens

Chinese Cinnamon bark

Chinese Cinnamon bark

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  50 feet

Spread:  35 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  9

Other Names:  Cinnamomum cassia

Description:

The bark of this variety is used to make cinnamon spice; reaching branches of glossy, aromatic green foliage emerges in tones of pinkish red; will develop into an impressive landscape tree; plant away from structures

Ornamental Features

Chinese Cinnamon has attractive dark green foliage which emerges pink in spring. The fragrant pointy leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The fruits are showy purple drupes displayed in mid spring. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. The smooth gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

This plant is primarily grown as an ornamental, but it's also valued for its edible qualities. The thick spicy bark is most often used in the following ways:

  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Seasoning
  • Tea

Landscape Attributes

Chinese Cinnamon is an evergreen tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance tree that will require regular care and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading
  • Suckering

Chinese Cinnamon is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Chinese Cinnamon will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 35 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 150 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for sandy, alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

This plant is not reliably hardy in our region, and certain restrictions may apply; contact the store for more information.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Articulation 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Bark 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer: Inventory varies seasonally as well as by the hour during busy season. Please call us directly 303-690-4722 or visit us for current availability.


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