Nutmeg is an evergreen that grows in the spice islands and a few other places around the world. It is special because you get Nutmeg and mace from one tree. It is the only tropical tree that produces 2 spices. Nutmeg is from the nut, mace is from the ground up outter covering of the nut. It takes 7 to 9 years before the tree produces the nut and at 20 years it reaches full production.