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Illicium parviflorum
Illicium parviflorum
Illicium parviflorum

Illicium parviflorum

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Small Anise Tree. This is a native of exceptional quality, growing in sun or shade and wet or dry. The leaves are arranged prominently upward and are especially effective since they have a yellowish-green color, which contrasts beautifully with plants of a darker green foliage. The flowers are an inconspicuous yellowish-white. It can be kept comfortably at the 6-10' range but will grow larger if allowed. To me the best feature of this plant is its fragrant leaves. I like to crush one, put it in my shirt pocket, and periodically throughout the day pull it out and take a sniff. It has a rich sassafras-like aroma. As with other anise, this plant is insect and deer resistant, a great plus for any plant. We have a gorgeous variegated form of this species, which we are working on, that has white marbling. It occurred at Superior Trees in Florida. I introduced this selection to the Japanese and they were thrilled with it.  (Photos courtesy of Randy's Perennials and Water Gardens and Wilson Bros. Gardens) Our next availability of this selection will be August, 2021.

Zones 6-10.