|Description||Exceptionally fragrant shrub or small flowering tree from China. Crushed foliage releases a spicy anise fragrance. Creamy yellow blooms may produce showy seedpods that resemble culinary star anise- do not ingest! Excellent for cool, lightly shaded spots.|
|Light||Filtered sun, Partial shade|
|Watering||Keep soil consistently moist.|
|Mature Size||Slowly reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.|
|Special Features||Easy Care|
|Flower Attributes||Showy Flowers|
|Design Ideas||Plant in woodland garden understory, or in lightly shaded beds in the company of spring blooming rhododendrons and camellias.|
|Companion Plants||Aralia (Fatsia); Sweet Box (Sarcococca); Tree Fern (Dicksonia); Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra); Bush Lily (Clivia)|
|Care||Provide well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Protect from harsh afternoon sun. Mulch to keep roots cool and conserve moisture. Feed with an acid fertilizer before spring growth. Rarely requires pruning.|
|Lore||This ornamental shrub or small tree is native to the mountains of southeastern China. If planted in groups, it often produces interesting, star-shaped seedpods that are remarkably similar to that of the culinary seasoning obtained from Illicium verum - however the seeds of this species are not edible and should not be ingested.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-10
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in 1926, we have been absolutely dedicated and obsessed with quality.
We have been pioneers and craftsmen in the art of growing plants for nearly 100 years. Since our founding in Southern California by Harry E. Rosedale, Sr. in 1926, we have been absolutely dedicated and obsessed with quality.