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Florida Sunshine Illicium

Illicium parviflorum 'Florida Sunshine'

A dazzling, large shrub or compact tree with glossy, chartreuse-yellow foliage and red hued stems, enhanced by the delightful licorice-scented fruit for weeks beginning late spring. The small non-edible fruits are not a substitute for the culinary spice obtained from Illicium verum - DO NOT INGEST. Excellent accent for small, lightly shaded spaces. Evergreen.
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Partial shade

Keep soil consistently moist.

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Botanical Pronunciationil-LISS-ee-um par-VEE-flor-um
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 5 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeInsignificant
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorChartreuse
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic, Tropical
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Hedge, Privacy Screen
Light NeedsPartial shade
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, North American Native Selection, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil consistently moist.
Companion PlantsSweet Box (Sarcococca); Holly Fern (Cyrtomium); Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra); Bush Lily (Clivia); Aralia (Fatsia)

Provide organically rich, moist, well-drained soil. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun. Mulch to keep roots cool and conserve moisture. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system; once established, water as needed to maintain evenly moist soil. Apply an acid fertilizer in early spring. Prune to shape after flowering.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-9

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