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Illicium anisatum

This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

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.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Pink Stars
  • Variegata
Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#birds#rain garden#heavy shade#wildlife plant#cut flowers#erosion control#fragrant foliage#hedges#wet sites#deer resistant#wet soil#naturalizes
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Pink Stars
  • Variegata
Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#birds#rain garden#heavy shade#wildlife plant#cut flowers#erosion control#fragrant foliage#hedges#wet sites#deer resistant#wet soil#naturalizes
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Illicium
    Species:
    anisatum
    Family:
    Schisandraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China and Japan
    Wildlife Value:
    Attractive to birds
    Play Value:
    Screening
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer damage
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Oval
    Pyramidal
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Green
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Aggregate
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Width:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is not edible and is toxic in large quantities
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    more than 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    1-2 in. greenish-yellow to white flowers in spring; fragrant
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Rubbery
    Smooth
    Waxy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Long-lasting
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple, lustrous, dark green leaves; 2-4 in. long; margins have a wavy texture and have an anise-like fragrance when crushed.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Pond
    Slope/Bank
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Rain Garden
    Shade Garden
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Erosion
    Heavy Shade
    Wet Soil
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    inflammation, hallucinations, nausea
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Large quantities
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Seeds