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Illicium floridanum

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Florida Anise Tree

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

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