• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 8 to 15 ft. tall, spreading 10 ft. wide
    Key Feature:
    Fragrant Foliage
    Blooms:
    Late Spring
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 9, 14 - 24
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 8 to 15 ft. tall, spreading 10 ft. wide
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late Spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Companion PlantsRhododendron (Rhododendron); Sweet Box (Sarcococca); Bush Lily (Clivia); Tree Fern (Dicksonia); Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    The star anise pod is from an Asian species of anise tree; native American species do not have edible fruit. CAUTION: TOXIC IF INGESTED. Though the foliage has a similar fragrance, the plant parts of this species are not a substitute for the culinary spice and flavorings obtained from Illicium verum.