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Illicium anisatum /Japanese Anise Tree

Illicium anisatum  / Illicium anisatum
Leathery, aromatic foliage
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Leathery, aromatic foliage

Branches with prominent buds

Yellow-green stems with foliage


Summer foliage

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Scientific Name: Illicium anisatum
Common Name: Japanese Anise Tree
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Green
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: The leaves of all anises are aromatic and smell somewhat like root beer when crushed. The leaves with undulate margins and are lustrous, dark green color. The fruit is reportedly edible, and it is suppose to have some medicinal uses.