Star Anise Tree, Japanese Anise Tree
Illicium anisatum

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

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Aromatic

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

2003-04
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.

2004-05
This plant is not in the ground and seems to be doing quite well.

2006-2011
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

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.