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Illicium - Anise Trees

Deservedly popular among southern gardeners, Illicium are evergreen shrubs or small trees with leathery, glossy, aromatic leaves. Borne in the leaf axils, their unusual flowers are packed with numerous strap-shaped petals and can be enjoyed for 4-6 weeks in spring. Great shrubs for difficult wet and shady areas where they can be used as screening, in masses or against a sheltered wall.

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Illicium anisatum (Japanese Anise)

Illicium anisatum (Japanese Anise) is a medium-sized evergreen shrub or small tree of conical habit, with stunning, narrowly oval, lustrous dark green leaves, 4 in. long (10 cm). Borne perpendicular to the stems, they are aromatic and used as incense in Japan.

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Illicium floridanum 'Pink Frost' (Florida Anise)

Illicium floridanum 'Pink Frost' (Florida Anise) is a vigorous, medium-sized evergreen shrub of upright habit, with elliptic, dark green leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm), adorned with creamy edges. The foliage turns a lovely pink-rose color in cold weather.

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Illicium floridanum (Florida Anise)

Illicium floridanum (Florida Anise) is a medium-sized evergreen shrub of upright, loose, open habit, with smooth, elliptic, lustrous dark olive-green leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm). Aromatic, the attractive foliage exudes an anise or gin-and-tonic aroma when crushed or bruised.

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Illicium floridanum Miss Scarlett® (Florida Anise)

Illicium floridanum Miss Scarlett® (Florida Anise) is a compact evergreen shrub of upright habit, with elliptic, dark green leaves. In spring, brilliant star-shaped crimson flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), packed with up to 20-30 strap-shaped petals, are on display for 4-6 weeks.

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Illicium parviflorum BananAppeal® (Small Anise)

Well-behaved and luminescent, Illicium parviflorum BananAppeal® (Small Anise) is a compact evergreen shrub of rounded habit, noted for its golden yellow foliage of elliptic leaves. Aromatic, the shimmering foliage exudes an anise aroma when crushed or bruised.

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