Small Anise Tree

Small Anise Tree

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Illicium parviflorum

Classified as a shrub, this small, ornamental, evergreen 'tree'; which rarely grows taller than 10 feet, is native to lower southeastern USA. Its wood, leaves, and fruit smell like licorice. It has lance-shaped green leaves, small yellow-green flowers that appear in June, and star-shaped fruit in September/October.

Do not confuse this species with the Star Anise Tree from which spice is made. The fruit of the Small Anise Tree yield shiny brown seeds that are poisonous and cannot be used for spice.              

* Deer Resistant *

Photo courtesy of TCN in Denton, NC (336) 857-2131

Ornamental Characteristics
Category Shrub
Foliage Type Broadleaf Evergreen
Height 6' - 10'
Spread 8' - 10'
Shape Upright, Spreading
Primary Foliage Color (Glossy) Green
Seasonal Foliage Color (Glossy) Green
Flowering Season Insignificant
Flower Color Yellow-green
Berries Star-shaped fruit
Environmental Characteristics
Growth Rate Moderate
Sun Preferences Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences Moist (not wet): ensure planting area provides adequate drainage