Cinnamon Plant Information
Cinnamon grows in the following 2 states:Florida, Hawaii
Cinnamomum verum trees are 10-15 metres (32.8-49.2feet) tall. The leaves are ovate-oblong in shape and 7-18cm (2.75-7.1inches) long. The flowers, which are arranged in panicles, have a greenish color and a distinct odor. The fruit is a purple 1-cm drupe containing a single seed.The old botanical synonym for the tree-Cinnamomum zeylanicum-is derived from Sri Lanka's former name, Ceylon. Sri Lanka still produces 80-90% of the world's supply of Cinnamomum verum, which is also cultivated on a commercial scale in the Seychelles and Madagascar.Cinnamomum verum, called true cinnamon tree or Ceylon cinnamon tree is a small evergreen tree belonging to the family Lauraceae, native to Sri Lanka. Among other species, its inner bark is used to make cinnamon.
There are several different cultivars of Cinnamomum verum based on the taste of bark:
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