- BOTANICAL NAME: Illicium parviflorum
- PRONUNCIATION: ill-LISS-i-um par-vi-FLOR-um
- COMMON NAME: Yellow Anise Tree
- FAMILY: Illiciaceae
- NATIVITY: Georgia and Florida, in the coastal plain, in sandy swamps and wet areas
- GROWTH HABIT: Upright oval to pyramidal but suckering to form thickets.
- SIZE: 10 - 20'
- HARDINESS: Zone 7 - 9
- CULTURE: Sun to shade, growing best in partial shade. Likes ample moisture
but will tolerate dry site better than other Illicium.
- LANDSCAPE USE: Good for naturalization due to its suckering habit.
In other landscapes, suckers need to be controlled to maintain a consistent plant.
- FOLIAGE: Alternate, oval-elliptic, 2 - 4" long, 1 - 2" wide. Leaves toward the
tip are usually held at 45o to the stem. Leaves with a pleasant anise odor.
- FLOWERS: In the axils of the leaves, small, 1/2" in diameter or less, yellow-green
without any odor. Flowers in May - June.
- FRUIT: Follicle.
- PROPAGATION: Seed, cutting.
- PESTS: None serious.