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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

Keep soil consistently moist.


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Botanical Pronunciationil-LISS-ee-um flor-ih-DAN-um
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 RateModerate
Landscape UseHedge
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureEasy Care
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil consistently moist.
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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