Skip the spice aisle! With the right care, you can grow and harvest cinnamon right in your own backyard!
Unlike other plants you harvest from on a regular basis, the magic of the cinnamon tree comes from its bark. The wood is peeled and dried, at which point it turns into a spice fit for a wide array of uses. And with the right circumstances, you can grow and benefit from a cinnamon tree of your very own!
Cinnamomum Zeylanicum, as it’s sometimes known, is an aromatic tree that thrives in tropical and subtropical regions. It can grow up to 60 feet tall. This tree bears small berries and flowers in the summer and glossy green foliage. The cinnamon tree grows best in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11, which in the United States could be found in California and other southern parts of the country.
The cinnamon tree is evergreen, but it has a slower growth period and is best planted in the spring or early fall. When cared for and allowed to reach full maturity, you can harvest your bounty either from cutting the tree or pruning off individual branches. And beyond the traditional stick, you’ll find use in your tree’s berries and leaves, as well!