Real World Gardener Cinnamon Myrtle is Plant of the Week

February 1st, 2016

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Backhousia myrtifolia Cinnamon Myrtle.


Cinnamon Myrtle photo M Cannon

The leaves have a pleasant spicy cinnamon-like aroma and flavour and can be used as a spice in various dishes.

The cream coloured flowers cover the tree from top to toe and are star shaped followed by starry-like capsules.

Only growing to 7 metres eventually, it’s a tree that should be grown more in the home garden.

Backhousia myrtifolia is a small rainforest tree species grows in subtropical rainforests of Eastern Australia.  

Myrtifolia from Latin myrtus a myrtle or myrtle-tree and folium a leaf referring to the resemblance of the leaves to that of the European myrtle.

Cinnamon Myrtle makes a calming medicinal tea and can be added to curries stews and rice dishes, especially steamed rice.

It can be also used in biscuits sweets and in fact anywhere where Cinnamon is used.

CINNAMON MYRTLE, Backhousia myrtifolia is also known as carrol, carrol ironwood, neverbreak, ironwood or grey myrtle and can be found in the rainforests of subtropical Australia from Bega in south coast NSW to Fraser Island off Queensland.

Small tree to 7m tall, leaves are simple, opposite and entire with a fine point and between 5-7cm long

Prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy), well-drained, moist soils and requires well-drained soil in full, or nearly-full sun. Does not like shade.

The foliage when crushed smells a little like cinnamon, or bubblegum.

Flowers are cream/white cymes bunched at branchlet ends from November-January.

Fruit is a small brown capsule ripe March-April.

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