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Illicium henryi

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il-LISS-ee-um HEN-re-eye
Description

Henry Anise Tree is an evergreen shrub native to China in the Schisandraceae family. It grows 6-8 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide with a dense pyramidal to rounded shape. Pink to red waxy blooms with up to 20 petals occurs in spring. The leaves have an anise aroma when crushed.

It grows best in moist, high organic, well-drained, acidic soil in partial to full shade. It will tolerate full sun with care. Use as a specimen, hedge/privacy, for winter interest or in small groups.

Pests: whitefly

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#shade tolerant#hedges#deer resistant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#shade tolerant#hedges#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Illicium
    Species:
    henryi
    Family:
    Schisandraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central & South China
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer and rabbit tolerant
    Play Value:
    Screening
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer damage
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Pyramidal
    Rounded
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    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:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Follicle
    Fruit Description:
    Brown, star-shaped seed pods in fall
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    1-1.5 in. pink to deep crimson flowers in spring
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant 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:
    Elliptical
    Obovate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple, leathery, lustrous, dark green leaves; 4-5 in. long; fragrant when bruised. Paler undersides.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Lawn
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Shade Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Rabbits
    Wet Soil