C. zeylanicum is a tall evergreen tree, native to Sri Lanka. It grows to a height of around 26 ft, having shiny leaves and clusters of yellow flowers. The flowers bloom in January. The fruit ripens 6 months later. A first harvest may be obtained after 3-4 years, although both quality and yields improve with subsequent cutting. The stems are cut during the rainy season to encourage peeling of the bark. The bark is cut in long strips and left to dry and curl in the sun, otherwise known as quills (that are used in flavoring and cooking). Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil is pale-yellow to dark yellow. It has a spicy, warm, sweet, dry, long lasting aroma. The scent of Cinnamon Bark is more full-bodied than Cinnamon Leaf. The oil and spice are often confused with Cassia, as they have similar properties and aromas. From a spiritual perspective, it is believed to have a warming, uplifting characteristic.
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