Yellow Anise Tree
Yellow Anise Tree
Illicium parviflorumItem #0798 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 9
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Small, tender evergreen tree with glossy, olive green foliage which has an anise-like aroma when crushed. Vigorous and rugged plant for warm climates. Foliage is similar to that of rhododendrons, making it a good substitute where they will not grow. Interesting small accent tree for small spaces. Evergreen. Caution: fruits are NOT a substitute for the culinary spice - DO NOT INGEST.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering 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
- DetailPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:4 - 9, 14 - 24Growth habit:PyramidalGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 8 to 15 ft. tall, spreading 10 ft. wideFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Late SpringFlower color:YellowCompanion PlantsRhododendron (Rhododendron); Sweet Box (Sarcococca); Bush Lily (Clivia); Tree Fern (Dicksonia); Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra)
- CareCare InformationProvide 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:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- History & LoreLore: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.