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Curry Tree  

Murraya koenigii

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Belonging to the Murraya genus, Curry Tree has a botanical name of Murraya koenigii.

Can be easy to grow to the point of being weedy.1 While easily confused the curry powder is a mixture of several herbs and spices, while this is a different plant and is best used fresh.2

A shrub to small tree predominantly grown for its aromatic leaves for culinary use. The berry pulp can be used in desserts, but note that the seed is reported to be poisonous3. The attractive leaf arrangement, aromatic properties of the leaves and fragrant flowers also make this an attractive ornamental. While it grows best in full sun, the curry leaf tree will tolerate light shade in hot, tropical climates and will grow in warm temperate climates as long as it is protected from frosts.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   White, and typically produces a curry fragrance.

It is a flowering edible herb that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more.

Curry Tree normally grows to a tree habit with a max height of 19.50 feet (that's 6.00 metres metric). This plant tends to be ready for harvesting all year round.

This plant is a great attractor for birds, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Curry Tree is a great choice.

India is believed to be where Curry Tree originates from.

Curry Tree needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Curry Tree have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Curry Tree

  • Full Sun

    OR
  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Tree may or may not go dormant in fall. It will have yellow leaves that fall off. Reduce water and wait for it to reemerge in a few months.2
Protect from frost.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 10 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Curry Tree is thought of as half hardy, so although it can survive a small mild cold snap, it is wise to ensure that this plant is protected from frost damage.

See our list of companion Plants for Curry Tree to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Curry Tree from seed

Use fresh berries and plant whole or remove pulp. Can also be grown from cuttings, or by dividing off suckers.

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 20°C / 68°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Curry Tree

Add compost to soil before transplanting, then mulch well.

As Curry Tree is half hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Curry Tree

Harvest leaves at any time through out the year. Fresh leaves are best for cooking.

Seed Saving Curry Tree

Seeds are best stored in fruit. Removal and drying will reduce seed viability.

How long does Curry Tree take to grow?

These estimates for how long Curry Tree takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Other names for Curry Tree

Curry leaf tree, True Curry Leaf, Indian Curry Leaf Tree

Murraya koenigii (L.) Spreng., Bergera koenigii, Chalcas koenigii

Misspellings: Curryleaftree

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