Curry Tree

Murraya koenigii

Curry Leaf tree

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A close up of some white Murraya koenigii flowers and green foliage
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Murraya koenigii is a small, evergreen tree or shrub species in the Rutaceae family. Commonly known by the names Curry Tree and Curry Leaf Tree, this plant produces edible, aromatic leaves and small black berries, although the seeds they contain are poisonous. An easy to grow plant that can add wonderful sensory interest to a kitchen garden. The leaves can add an exotic taste to your dishes. Curry Tree is also drought-resistant and isn't picky with soil types as long as it drains well. It can be grown in a container or planted to create a fragrant hedge screen. It has many uses, including food flavouring​, body lotions, air fresheners and incense.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Fruiting time

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Fresh leaves can be harvested throughout the year, just pick off the leaves as needed. The more you harvest, the bushier the plant becomes. If berries appear, pluck them off the encourage new leaf growth.

Propagation

Seed

Seeds must be ripe and fresh to plant and seedlings take 1-2 years to become established. Remove the seeds hard outer shell before planting for faster germination.

Cuttings

Take a 7.6 cm stem cutting that has several leaves and remove leaves at the bottom 2.5 cm. Immerse bare section in soilless potting medium and mist thoroughly. Roots in 3 weeks if kept moist and warm.

Special features

Pot plant

Can be grown in a container provided you slowly increase the size of the container over the years as the plant grows.

Indoor plant

Curry tree is frost tender but can be grown indoors in a pot.

Drought resistant

Doesn't die during drought conditions, but the fine leaves limits transpiration and folds down to expose little surface to the sun​.

Hedge plant

Curry leaf trees can be grown as hedges

Attracts birds

Birds eat the berries and spread its seeds

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

India and Sri-Lanka

Natural climate

Tropical to Tropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Medicinal

Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and can be used to treat anemia.

Edible

The leaves are best eaten fresh - cooked, fried or boiled and the berry pulp is edible.

Personality

Family

Rutaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Mites, scale, root rot, and mealybugs
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