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Illicium parviflorum 'Florida Sunshine' (Small Anise)

Small Anise 'Florida Sunshine', Small Anise Tree 'Florida Sunshine'


Providing year-round interest, Illicium parviflorum 'Florida Sunshine' (Small Anise) is a compact evergreen shrub of rounded habit, noted for its chartreuse golden foliage of elliptic leaves, which turns hot yellow in the fall. Aromatic, the shimmering foliage exudes an anise aroma when crushed or bruised. Unlike the species, this selection does not sucker and does not send out long gangly shoots. A small evergreen shrub that is great to brighten up a difficult wet and shady area. Perfect for small gardens.

  • Grows up to 4-8 ft. tall (120-240 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • A part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist soils. Tolerates erosion, heat, and wet planting sites.
  • Generally pest and disease free.
  • Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
  • Prune in early spring before first flush.
  • Both the foliage and fruit are poisonous to livestock.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Illicium - Anise Trees
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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Images: JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Illicium - Anise Trees
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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