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Plumshine™ Japanese Anise Tree

Illicium anisatum 'HinPurlf'

Thick, aromatic, evergreen foliage emerges a glossy, deep burgundy and matures to a lustrous green, with flushes of the intensely colored new foliage throughout the year. Small, ivory-white, star-shaped flowers have a spicy fragrance. Japanese Anise is an ornamental shrub that is non-edible. An excellent shrub or small tree from the Dan Hinkley collection.
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Filtered sun, Partial shade

Keep soil consistently moist.


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Botanical Pronunciationil-LISS-ee-um an-ee-SAH-tum
LoreIllicium anisatum (a.k.a. Japanese Anise) is often found in plantings near the Buddhist shrines of Japan. The highly aromatic foliage is burned much like incense. Japanese Anise should not be confused with Chinese Star Anise; the foliage and fruit/seedpods are not suitable for culinary use or consumption and can be toxic if ingested. Japanese Anise foliage is prized by florists for cut flower arrangement because of its lustrous sheen and long vase-life.
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitRounded, Upright
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Espalier, Hedge, Privacy Screen
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade
Special FeatureEasy Care, Benefits Birds
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil consistently moist.

Provide organically rich, loamy, moist, well-drained soil with acidic to neutral pH; tolerates wet soils. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun. Mulch to keep roots cool and conserve moisture. Apply an acid fertilizer in early spring. Prune to shape after flowering. Protect from severe winter elements, especially when young.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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