Cinnamon Myrtle (aka. Carrol, Grey Myrtle, Ironwood, Neverbreak, Australian Lancewood) is a native hardwood that was popularised as a bushfood in the late 1980s. Its leaves give off a cinnamon fragrance when rubbed or crushed, much like the leaves of the curry plant and kaffir lime. This rainforest species is native to subtropical eastern Australia.
Cinnamon Myrtle is used in savoury recipes, deserts, confectionery and herbal teas. Add to curries, stews and rice dishes (wonderful in steamed rice). Can also be used in biscuits, sweets and slices – anywhere cinnamon is used. Cinnamon Myrtle makes a calming medicinal tea useful for Dyspepsia, heartburn, colic and the digestive system. Mix with lemon myrtle and chilli and add to breadcrumb mix.
To harvest, select young, soft leaves and pluck them straight off the branch. The tiny cream-white flowers usually bloom in Summer, attracting birds and pollinating insects.
This tree grows well in most soil and climate conditions, and will tolerate long, dry Summers provided it is watered regularly. Grows best in full sun, but can also thrive under part-shade or full shade. Its ovate leaves start out light and bright green when young, but darken with age. Allowed to grow bushy, this tree makes a wonderful addition to a leafy backyard.
Crushed leaves can be used as Insect Repellent.
Form: Tree to 12 Metres High
Aspect: Full Sun
Soil/Conditions: Light to Medium / Prefers Moist
NOTE - Living plants must be collected (by appointment) - postage not available