Illicium floridanum (Illiciaceae)
Florida Anise Tree
A densely leaved, evergreen shrub ideal for a shady yard that needs screening. Native to the southeastern US, Florida Anise is often found in moist locations but tolerates average garden soils. Covered in spring with 1" flowers — narrow, strappy maroon petals followed by interesting star-shaped seed pods. Illiciums are 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 into a small tree, and plant shade perennials underneath. Shiny, leathery evergreen leaves emit an anise scent when crushed between your fingers.
Bloom color: red
Bloom period: mid-spring
Container size: Qt.