Illicium lanceolatum /Chinese Anise

Illicium lanceolatum   / Illicium lanceolatum
Evergreen foliage clustered on tip of branches
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Evergreen foliage clustered on tip of branches


Mature shrub with dense foliage

Foliage in late winter

Close-up image of leathery foliage and winter buds

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Scientific Name: Illicium lanceolatum
Common Name: Chinese Anise
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Pink
Fruit present: Fall
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This evergreen has a compact, mound form and is tolerant of dry conditions. Deer dine on it as a last resort, probably because it contains safrol. Safrol gives anise their characteristic odor. Rosy-pink flowers in spring.