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Yellow Anise Tree

Illicium parviflorum

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.
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Full shade, Partial shade

Keep soil consistently moist.

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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, Hedge, Privacy Screen
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Special FeatureEasy Care, North American Native Selection
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil consistently moist.
Companion PlantsRhododendron (Rhododendron); Sweet Box (Sarcococca); Bush Lily (Clivia); Tree Fern (Dicksonia); Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-9

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