Species Guide: Common Urban Trees Uncategorized

Kayu Manis Hutan

A wild cinnamon tree with a round, bushy crown. Photo by Goh Shang Ming

Common name: Wild Cinnamon

Malay name: Kayu Manis Hutan

Scientific name: Cinnamomum iners

Conservation status: Least concern, Cultivated, Native to Malaysia


A small, evergreen tree of 10-15 m tall. It has a bushy, round tree crown. The bark of tree has a light, cinnamon-like fragrance. Leaves are pinkish when young but turn dark green eventually. Leaf shape is elliptic to oblong. Crushed leaves emit a cinnamon-like fragrance. Flowers are cream white, pungent and clustered. Bear round, fleshy berries that are initially dark green and turn purplish black at maturity.

Leaves are initially pinkish and turn green when mature. Photo by Goh Shang Ming

Habit: Perennial tree

Cultivation: It is planted by seeds or cuttings

Ecological function: The fruits are eaten by squirrels, bats and birds. It is a host plant (food plant of caterpillar) for Common Mime (Chilasa clytia clytia) and Common Bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon luctatius).

Pollinator: Hoverflies, small beetles and other small insects

Soil: Fertile loamy soils

Moisture: Well-drained soils

Shade: No shade

Use: Spice (leaf, wood), timber

By ShangMing

A plant lover. I like small, medium, gigantic, ordinary, exotic, local, foreign plants. Just because they thrive to stand out.