- Common Name(s):
- Japanese anise tree
- Pink Stars, Variegata
- Poisonous Plants, Shrubs, Trees
A broadleaf evergreen shrub in the Schisandraceae family native to Japan. Does not spread by root sucker to form colonies. Tolerates wet sites, heavy shade, and erosion. It is not very cold hardy. It thrives in conditions similar to rhododendrons. Would be great planted as informal hedge, in a rain garden or allowed to naturalize. The fruit is not edible and is toxic in large quantites. The leaves are burned and used as incense in Japan. Their leaves are prized by florists beause they remain fresh for a long time after pruning.
Wildilfe Value: Attractive to birds. This plant is particularly resistant to damage by deer.
- 6-10 ft.
- Alternate, simple, lustrous, dark green leaves; 2-4 in. long; margins have a wavy texture and have an anise like fragrance when crushed
- 1-2 in. greenish yellow to white flowers in spring; fragrant
- Partial shade; moist, well-drained, organically enriched soil, but tolerates wet soils
- Dense, upright rounded, shrub or small tree
- 4-6 ft.
- Growth Rate:
NCCES plant id: 1595