Yellow Anise

Illicium parviflorum

(Shrub)

 

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Profile for the Yellow Anise

Type of Plant: Native, large evergreen, densely foliated shrub or small multi-trunked tree.  Have dark green, leathery leaves, and a rounded shape.  Mature height: 15-30 feet. Mature width: 10-15 feet. Moderate growth rate.
Habitat: Hammocks, wetlands, along spring fed streams or in shady ridges in swamps.
Distribution: Zones 8b-9, South-East United States- Georgia coast to Florida. Endemic to several north-central counties including Marion, Lake, and Volusia.
Landscape Use: Yellow Anise may be used as a foundation planting to soften walls and corners of homes/other buildings; as a specimen shrub in the yard; or as a hedge or screen or background when used in mass planting. May sucker from the base and roots to form a dense thicket. Responds well to pruning and may be trained into a small tree.
Wildlife Benefit: None known. Foliage and fruit are known to be poisonous to cattle.
Soil: Moist, well-drained, humus-rich acidic soil is preferred. Will tolerate slightly alkaline soils.
Light: Full sun to partial shade, will adapt to full sun with supplemental irrigation.
Water: Prefers a moist condition but is medium to highly drought tolerant once established.
Misc: Plant 5-10 feet apart. Low salt tolerance. Cold tolerant but should be sheltered from cold, drying, northerly winds. Pest sensitive, i.e. mites and scales. Prune in late winter or early spring when dormant.

 

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