30 ft (9 m) high tree from southern India and Sri Lanka, this
species has light brown, papery bark. Its large oblong leaves are bright red when young, maturing to deep green with conspicuous white
Loose panicles of inconspicuous yellow flowers are followed by
purplish fruit in structures very like acorn cups.
This species is the main source of cinnamon, obtained by peeling
bark from smaller branches and letting it dry into quills.
In plantations the trees are regularly coppiced to shrub height and
the bark obtained from the vigorous new growths.
Cultivation: Most species require tropical or subtropical
conditions, with fairly high rainfall;
They do best in full sun or dappled shade in deep, free-draining
soil with plentiful water.
Propagate from seed sown