Approximately forty species of Illicium grow in Asia, the
and Hispaniola. Star anise is the dry fruit of
Illicium verum of China. The
yellow anise tree is native to wet sites in central Florida. The naturally yellow-green leaves
can provide an interesting contrast to other foliage colors in the landscape.
One cultivar, ‘Forest Green’ was selected for its darker green foliage. The
small yellow flowers are not showy. They are beetle pollinated. Crushed leaves
are aromatic. The fruits of this species are not edible. This plant is
considered endangered in the wild in Florida.
Light: full sun to shade, part shade is optimal
Water: moderately drought tolerant once established, may require irrigation when grown in the sun, especially during droughts
Soil: moist soil, low pH
Yellow anisetree is well suited for northeast Florida landscapes. It is best in a moist or irrigated site but will tolerate moderate drought in a garden.