Illicium floridanum (Illiciaceae)
Florida Anise Tree
Purple Anise is a densely leaved, evergreen shrub that is ideal for a shady yard that needs screening. Native to the southeastern US, Purple Anise is often found in moist locations but tolerates average garden soils. Foliage is covered in spring with 1" maroon flowers with narrow, strappy petals. The seed pods that follow are hard and star-shaped. Dense growth year-round makes Illicium an excellent alternative to the usual privacy hedge choices. Its height is 8-12', so you can either leave it full to the ground or limb it up to a small tree form and plant shade perennials underneath. Shiny, leathery evergreen leaves emit an anise scent when crushed between your fingers. Deer-resistant.
Bloom color: red
Bloom period: mid-spring
Container size: Qt.