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Curry Tree

Murraya koenigii

Also known as

Curry Leaf tree

Alakavhayah (Sanskrit- अलकाह्ययः) (6941699412) by Dinesh Valke (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Curry Tree

A Murraya koenigii growing in the wild
A close up of some white Murraya koenigii flowers
A close up of some green Murraya koenigii leaves

Curry Tree Overview

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.

Common problems with Curry Tree

Mites, scale, root rot, and mealybugs

How to harvest Curry Tree

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.

How to propagate Curry Tree


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.


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 of Curry Tree

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

Other uses of Curry Tree


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


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

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