Mexican Anise-Tree

Illicium mexicanum

Highly aromatic native of Mexico related to the Florida anise tree with vivid red star flowers. Prefers protected, evenly moist conditions. Superior understory shrub for shaded sites with acidic, well drained soils. Evergreen.
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Full shade

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

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Average Size at MaturityModerate growth 3 to 4 feet tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring into Fall
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleTropical
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseHedge
Light NeedsFull shade
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureShade Loving
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer before spring growth. Prune to shape after flowering.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-9

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