Annatto, Lipstick Tree
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
Products: Dried Seeds
Seed Count: Data coming
Germination Rate: 60% +
MOQ: 1 KG
Availability: February Harvest
Supply Ability: 50-100 KG Annually
Shipping: Air Freight, Express
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