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Hybrid Anise Tree 'Woodland Ruby'

Illicium

Family: Illiciaceae
Genus: Illicium (il-LISS-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Woodland Ruby

Category:

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Aromatic

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Centreville, Maryland

Efland, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Morton, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 13, 2017, PhillyLover from Philadelphia Suburbs, PA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Truth be told, I forget if my plant is Woodland Ruby or Halley's Comet. Probably the tag is buried under 6 years of accumulated mulch.

One of my favorite shrubs, I have it planted in a full shade, wet (yet well drained), protected nook between the garage and the front porch. The foliage and lax yet dense plant habit looks as good in January as it does in June.

Flowers heavily starting in early April for about two months, then occasionally in summer. After a short break, in mid-fall it is flowering again and has a few flowers on it most years even as late as Christmas.

The colder the temperatures, the more red the flowers. In summer, the flowers lighten from red to pink. The flowers have that unique shape but they smell like wet dog to me, ev... read more

Positive

On Nov 1, 2006, TomH3787 from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Notes from JC Raulston Arboretum at NCSU: A hybrid of the red-flowered Illicium mexicanum and white-flowered Illicium floridanum f. album introduced by Woodlanders Nursery. Ruby-pink starfish-like flowers are larger than those on either parent. Extended blooming period from the Mexican parent.

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