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Illicium anisatum

Family: Illiciaceae
Genus: Illicium (il-LISS-ee-um) (Info)
Species: anisatum (an-ee-SAH-tum) (Info)

6 members have or want this plant for trade.


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BUFFY690 On Sep 26, 2003, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

For now I have mine in a pot on my deck. We have mild winters so I am told that I can leave it on the back screened in part of my deck closer to the house so it will stay warmer then the weather. It has grown some but it is still containerable. It is a very attractive plant.

This plant is not in the ground and seems to be doing quite well.

My plant has now been in the ground 5 years, it seems to love it's part sun position with my 'Pride of Summerville' azalea. It remains evergreen and has taken several prunings well. It is very happy living near Lake Murray, SC out of doors.

Neutral bleu On Aug 4, 2002, bleu wrote:

Light green leaves are about 4" long by 1 1/2" wide and densly arranged on vertically oriented stems. A good background shrub for shady areas, or as a tree in small yards.


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

Anniston, Alabama
Wetumpka, Alabama
Van Nuys, California
Tampa, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida
Decatur, Georgia (2 reports)
Winterville, Georgia
Ainaloa, Hawaii
Portland, Oregon
North Augusta, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
West Columbia, South Carolina
Blaine, Washington

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