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During the growing season, regular watering and full sun exposure will help Canella winterana reach its full potential.
In areas with a USDA Hardiness Zone of at least 9, Canella winterana is a showy ornamental with its eye-catching foliage and clusters of fragrant flowers and fruits. The large shrub typically grows up to 5-10 feet in height, while it can reach up to 20 feet if a small tree. Mature trees can withstand temperatures into the 30s F for a short time, and so are suitable for cold winter regions where temperatures stay above the freezing mark.
Canella winterana can also be grown near the sea since it is salt tolerant. This particular species does best in moist soils but does not withstand flooding. If planting in a container or pot, ensure it has plenty of drainage holes, as well as a soil mix that retains some moisture. Additional fertilizer may also be necessary for optimal foliage growth and flowers. Pruning should also be done to ensure it remains in the desired shape and size.
In addition to its ornamental uses, Canella winterana is also an ethnomedical plant with historically used as a spice and herb to treat certain ailments. In modern times it may still be used as an aromatic, fragrant spice and herb in teas and food.
Cinnamodendron bark contains tannin. Tea of this plant has been used by indigenous people in the island against the flu and also as aphrodisiac.