The Clove

Syzygium aromaticum

Small, oblong fruit with little pulp, similar to the java plum. The dried flower buds of this tree are the cloves of commerce. All parts of the tree are highly aromatic.


Fruits are not eaten. Dried flower buds are used as a spice, and medicinally for countless things.

Plant Cultivation

Medium sized tree up to 20-40ft tall. The clove tree is an ultra-tropical tree which will not surivive temperatures below 50F, or above 100F. Requires a humid, warm tropical climate with lots of water year-round.

Propagation: By seeds or cuttings.

Origin and Distribution

Native to the Moluccas, (islands of Eastern Indonesia, once known as the Spice Islands.)

Down at the country store, Uncle Tad sold clove chewing gum.
It was his favorite next to a bottle of rum.

Aunt Bea always had cloves on hand.
Her favorite was to score and use them to cover her Christmas ham.

The cloves looked good and smelled even better.
The ham scent covered the house,
And roused, old Duke, the Irish Setter.

Sometimes Mama used clove oil for medicinal purposes around the homestead.
She was a saint and quite well read.

Thanksgiving and Christmas wouldn't be the same without the honored clove.
We all gathered round and gave thanks for our old kitchen stove.

God bless us all, and our country too.
Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas to me and you.

By Phyllis Ann (

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