Syzygium aromaticum

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 Syzygium aromaticum subsp. var.  Clove
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Habit: tree
Height: to
Width: to
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Lifespan: perennial
Exposure: sun
Features: evergreen, edible
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USDA Zones: 11 to 12
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Flower features: orange, yellow
Myrtaceae > Syzygium aromaticum var. ,

Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum, syn. Eugenia aromaticum or Eugenia caryophyllata) are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. Cloves are native to Indonesia and used as a spice in cuisines all over the world.

The clove tree is an evergreen which grows to a height ranging from 8–12 m, having large square leaves and sanguine flowers in numerous groups of terminal clusters. The flower buds are at first of a pale color and gradually become green, after which they develop into a bright red, when they are ready for collecting. Cloves are harvested when 1.5–2 cm long, and consist of a long calyx, terminating in four spreading sepals, and four unopened petals which form a small ball in the center.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Syzygium aromaticum (Eugenia aromatica, Baill., not Berg. Caryophyllus aromdticus, Linn. E. caryophyllata, Thunb. Jambosa Caryophyllus, Ndz.). Clove Tree. Lvs. ovate-oblong, acute, strongly tapering to the conspicuous petiole, 2-5 in. long, coriaceous, dotted; lateral veins numerous, parallel, the cross-veinlets obscure: fls. in terminal trichotomous cymes, pale purple, only ¼ in. across. Moluccas.—Widely cult, in the tropics. The fls. are the cloves of commerce.

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More information about this species can be found on the genus page.



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