Yellow Anise Tree

Illicium parviflorum

Small, tender evergreen tree with glossy, olive green foliage enhanced by the delightful fragrance of anise. Tolerates wide variety of soil types and moisture. Easily rooted from cuttings, it is a vigorous and rugged plant for warm climates. Interesting accent tree for small spaces. Partial shade to shade. Evergreen. Grows 8 to 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide.
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8 - 9

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Full shade, Partial shade

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

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LoreThe 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.
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 8 to 15 ft. tall, spreading 10 ft. wide
Bloom TimeLate Spring
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitPyramidal
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Very Wet Areas
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Shade Loving, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Key FeatureFragrant Foliage

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.

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