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Yellow Anise Tree

Illicium parviflorum

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Yellow Anise Tree (Illicium parviflorum) at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Yellow Anise Tree

Yellow Anise Tree

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Yellow Anise Tree (Illicium parviflorum) at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Yellow Anise Tree foliage

Yellow Anise Tree foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Other Names:  Star Anise, Yellow Anise

Description:

Glossy evergreen foliage smells like anise when crushed; produces pretty star-shaped seeds similar to the culinary anise, but toxic; makes a fine hedge or can be limbed up as a tree; prefers shade but can adapt to full sun with adequate moisture

Ornamental Features

Yellow Anise Tree has attractive green foliage. The fragrant narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. It produces brown capsules in mid summer. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Yellow Anise Tree is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Yellow Anise Tree is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Yellow Anise Tree will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for sandy, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This species is native to parts of North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features