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Cinnamon stick & bark
Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Lauraceae)
Habitat and appearance: It is an evergreen reaching 7-10m, with a thick, pale, smooth bark and many-branched. The young shoots are greeny-orange while the leaves are petiolate and leathery when mature. The flowers are small, white and hang in panicles which then produce fruit. The whole plant smells spicy. Commercial cinnamon comes from the dried inner bark of the shoots, called ‘sticks’, and also from the bark.
Garden suitability: Not climatically suitable for European gardens.