Pimenta dioica
Family: Myrtaceae

Allspice belongs to a small genus of aromatic trees, native to tropical America and the West Indies. This tree grows to about 12 m (40 ft) and has prominently veined 15 cm (6 in) long leaves and small white flowers in late spring. Allspice, used for flavoring foods and liqueurs, is obtained from the dried unripened fruit.


Generally grown in a warm greenhouse or conservatory. In frost-free Climates, plant outdoors in a well-drained, peaty soil in a sunny position. Propagate by layers in spring or by taking softwood shoots in summer.


Zone 10 and above.

Alloxylon      Almond