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Allspice, Pimento, Jamaica pepper
Scientific Name: Pimenta dioica (L.) Merr.
Family: Myrtaceae
Allspice, Pimento, Jamaica pepper (Pimenta  dioica)
Picture from Tropica Mango Nurseries
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-11

Frost Tolerance: Rather tender in Phoenix, leaf damage at 30 F (-1 C), limb damage at 26 F( -3 C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Jamaica

Growth Habits:

Watering Needs: Regular water


Allspice, known in Jamaica as 'Pimento', is a member of the Myrtaceae family. It is a small tree with oblong, feathery, aromatic leaves from the glandular dots on their underside. It shed its leaves twice a year.

Allspice buds in May

Blooming Habits:
Allspice has small white flowers which develop into clusters of brownish green, pleasantly spicy, pea-sized berries. Although the trees superficially appear to be hermaphrodite, some of them actually function as male and others as fruiting female trees. The differences in the two types are recognizable at harvesttime.
The fruit is harvested while immature, as it is then most strongly flavored. The whole dried fruit is ground to produce the allspice powder of commerce. The allspice is used in cooking meats, vegetables, and desserts. Allspice as a name is due to the sense that it smells like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg combined.

Fruiting Habits:

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