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Illicium mexicanum ‘Aztec Fire’

Common Name(s):
Aztec Fire
Cultivar(s):
‘Aztec Fire’
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Looking for an evergreen shrub with handsome green foliage? If yes, look no further; 'Aztec Fire' anise is the plant for you. This landscape gem is a first cousin to the more commonly known Florida anise. Unique to this cultivar, it produces burgundy-colored flowers.

'Aztec Fire' will grow in full sun but really thrives in partial shade. It needs wet or constantly moist soil to thrive.  Give this Mexican native plenty of room to grow. Typically, this shrub will reach a height of 8 feet and a width of 6 feet.  Best of all, it has a natural pyramidal growth habit.

An evergreen beauty, 'Aztec Fire' is best used in a large shrub border. Plants also will fit nicely into a naturalized landscape planting. One interesting note: anise shrubs grown in full sun will possess lighter green foliage than those grown in partial shade. Consider this showstopper for your home landscape.

Height:
8'
Foliage:
Evergreen
Flower:
Fragrant, showy burgundy colored flowers.
Zones:
7-9
Habit:
Pyramidal
Site:
Makes a great hedge. Moderate growth rate. Needs wet or constantly moist soil. A shaded site with acidic soil.
Width:
6'
Tags:
wet sites, wet soil, show stopper, showstopper, evergreen, wet

NCCES plant id: 3084

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