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

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


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Botanical Pronunciationil-LISS-ee-um an-ee-SAH-tum
LorePrized for its aromatic foliage, that releases a highly aromatic aroma when crushed and is burned much like incense, and its spicy fragrant foliage, Illicium anisatum (a.k.a. Japanese Anise) is often found in plantings near the Buddhist shrines of Japan. The foliage and fruit/seedpods - they are not suitable for culinary use or consumption and can be toxic if ingested; Japanese Anise should not be confused with Chinese Star Anise. 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, Erosion Control, Espalier, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Easy Care, Fruit Poisonous, Naturalizes Well, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsSweet Box (Sarcococca); Holly Fern (Cyrtomium); Bush Lily (Clivia); Aralia (Fatsia); Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra)

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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