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Illicium floridanum

Native Plants

Florida Anise Tree

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Summary

Florida anise tree (Illicium floridanum) is an underused gem poised for wider use in shady, dry gardens beneath evergreen trees like eastern white pine (Pinus strobus). This broad-leaved evergreen shrub is  upright-rounded in shape and reaches 10′ tall. It requires acidic soils and shady conditions in our mid-Atlantic climate. Florida anise tree has a delightful midto late spring flowering display, producing dark burgundy-red star-shaped flowers held above its fragrant foliage. It makes an excellent border, accent, or massing shrub, combining well with a variety of plants including drooping leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana), ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris), Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), Carolina rhododendron (Rhododendron minus), and rosebay rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum). Zones 6-10. 


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  • Plant Type
    shrub 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    partial-shade-to-shade 
  • Foliage Character
    evergreen 
  • Soil Moisture
    average-to-moist 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-to-late-spring
  • Soil PH
    acidic 
  • Flower Color
    red, white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown, tan