- BOTANICAL NAME: Illicium anisatum
- PRONUNCIATION: ill-LISS-i-um an-ni-SATE-um
- COMMON NAME: Japanese Anise Tree
- FAMILY: Illiciaceae
- NATIVITY: China and Japan
- GROWTH HABIT: Upright oval to pyramidal.
- SIZE: 6 - 10'
- HARDINESS: Zone (7) 8 - 9
- CULTURE: Partial shade, in moist soils. Does not perform well in sun or dry sites.
- LANDSCAPE USE: More formal than I. floridanum, therefore, can be
used in a more formal setting. Can still be used for naturalizing.
- FOLIAGE: Alternate, oblong-elliptic, entire, 2 - 4" long and 3/4 -1" wide.
Leaves borne perpendicular to slightly drooping on the stems.
- BUDS: Thick ovate buds.
- BARK: Grayish brown, reddish when young.
- FLOWERS: Many-flowered from the axils of leaves, 1" in diameter.
Flowers are creamy in color with about 30 strap-like petals. Not fragrant.
- FRUIT: Follicle.
- PROPAGATION: Seed, Cuttings.
- PESTS: None serious.