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

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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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; produces fragrant, non-edible fruit.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorChartreuse
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic, Tropical
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Very Wet Areas
Light NeedsPartial shade
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Fruit Poisonous, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Wet Soils, Year-round Interest, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
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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