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Clove Tree (Syzygium aromaticum)


Clove Tree (Syzygium aromaticum)

By Prof. Chen Hualin – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Botanical Name:  Syzygium aromaticum

Common Name (s):  Clove Tree, Zanzibar Redhead, Tropical Myrtle

Family:  Myrtaceae

Type:  Broadleaf, evergreen tree; spice, pharmaceutical and agricultural uses

Bloom:  Summer

Flower Color(s):  Pink and red; followed by fruit that contain one seed (red to black/purple when ripened); not used for any purpose

Sun Exposure:  Full sun to part shade

Plant Hardiness Zones:  11 to 12 (will have to be grown in a greenhouse in cooler locations because of a consistent need for high heat and humidity)

Plant Height and Spacing:  15 to 30 feet; 10 to 20 feet

Planting Requirements:  Prefers well-worked, well- draining, moist and loamy/silty soil

Special Note (s): Commercially, the flower buds are dried and used as a spice; the leaves and flower buds are pressed, and the oil is distilled to utilize in pharmaceuticals and agriculturally as a natural pesticide.

*** The information provided for educational purposes only and does not substitute for professional medical advice. Always speak with a qualified physician before taking or coming in contact with any new herbs or medicinal plants.

By Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler’s Medizinal-Pflanzen – List of Koehler Images, Public Domain,

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