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Now that summer is here, we have limited our stock for online purchase. Find Monrovia plants at your local garden center. Pre-order for 2023 will be available later this year.

Paradise Song™ Anise Tree

Illicium floridanum 'MONdnis'

A lovely, upright, evergreen shrub with dense, shiny, dark olive green foliage that releases a pleasant anise-like scent when crushed. Dark maroon flowers produce hard, star-shaped, non-edible seed pods. Ideal for use at the back of deeply shaded shrub borders for a splash of luxuriant green foliage, or as a small tree in lightly shaded corners of the landscape.
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Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationil-LISS-ee-um flor-ih-DAN-um
Is Direct To ConsumerNo
Average Size at MaturityReaches 10 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitRounded
Landscape UseHedge, Very Wet Areas
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureDense Habit, Easy Care, Shade Loving, Tolerates Wet Soils
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsAralia (Fatsia); Sweet Box (Sarcococca); Tree Fern (Dicksonia); Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra); Bush Lily (Clivia)

Provide well-drained soil, rich in organic matter.Thrives in deep to partial shade; tolerant of full sun in cooler regions, given consistent moisture. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer before spring growth. Rarely requires pruning. Remove emerging suckers from base to prevent spread.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-10

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