Annatto - Bixa orellana

Annatto - Bixa orellana

Annatto - Bixa orellana

Annatto - Bixa orellana

Annatto, Lipstick Tree

Bixa orellana

Plant Height Plant Width Minimum Temperature Light Preference Water Soil PH Edible Species

Annatto trees are a lovely ornamental small-medium sized evergreen tree from South America, growing to a maximum of about 8 meters tall and 4 meters wide. Not cold tolerant, they can survive short bursts of above freezing, but do better if always above 15C.

Also known as Lipstick Tree for its seeds being used as an effective skin colorant, it is used more today in foods for its coloring attributes. Most popular amongst its culinary uses are that of Achiote Paste, a spiced paste form Central and South America, and as a food dye coloring many of the common foods we eat today. Perhaps most well-known for cheddar cheeses orange color.

Aside from its culinary uses, it is also a spectacular ornamental plant, and really comes to live with its pink flowers followed by clusters or bright red fruit. A real show in the mid through late winter months in the tropics!

Kada's Gardens' Annatto seeds are harvested between January and March (annual variations). For the freshest seeds, please contact us prior to these months to reserve seed orders as we do not store seeds of this species for later sale. We can supply approximately 50-100kg seeds per year. Live plant sales available for preorder within Taiwan.

Annatto Planting Information

Growth Habit: Large shrub to small tree

Plant Size: Up to 8m tall and 4-5m wide

Temperature Preferences: Frost intolerant, keep above 5C.

Light Preferences: Full Sun

Water Requirements: Grows well in in dry to humid climates. Does not tolerate dry soil and avoid prolonged flooding.

Soil Requirements: Grows well in a range of soils. Avoid very dry and water logged soils.

Harvest Times: Late Winter

Expected Dry Yields: 1,000KG / Hectare

Sowing Temperature: 25-30C

Seed Treatments: None. Read more.

Transplanting: Transplant in warm temperatures, care taken for sun scorching.

Seed Rate: Plant Spacing: 2m+ | Row Spacing: 3m+

Uses: Food coloring, Spice

Annatto Product

Products: Dried Seeds

Seed Count: Data coming

Germination Rate: 60% +

Form: Dried


Availability: February Harvest

Supply Ability: 50-100 KG Annually

Export: Yes

Shipping: Air Freight, Express

Variety Form MOQ Price Tier Quantities Packaging
Annatto Dried Seeds [PHOTO] cm 1 KG 1, 3 & 5 KG Bags Bare Root - Box