This is an evergreen monopodial tree, with the sexes separated on different trees (dioecious).
This Heritage Tree is a female tree as it was observed to have fruited. Its flowers are pollinated by beetles.
A native of the Moluccas and found in parts of South East Asia, the Nutmeg tree is the source of the nutmeg spice. Nutmeg was a major spice crop in Singapore in the 1840s before disease destroyed plantations in the 1860s.
In the 1800s, the area around present-day Orchard Road was occupied by nutmeg, pepper and fruit orchards, which gave rise to the road’s name.