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Illicium 'Woodland Ruby'

This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Illicium ‘Woodland Ruby’ is a hybrid cross between I. floridanum ‘Alba’ and I. mexicanum. This rounded shrub or small tree produces large, vibrant purple-red to rose-pink flowers from spring into fall. Anise-scented evergreen leaves and a mature height and width of 8 feet make it an excellent choice as a specimen or a hedge in shade or part shade. Because the plant is not particularly winter hardy and should be protected from winter winds, it can also be grown in containers and brought indoors over winter.

While 'Woodland Ruby' grows best in partial to full shade, it can tolerate sun if it is well watered. Organically rich soil should be kept moist and extra irrigation applied during prolonged dry spells, as it has a tendency to wilt. Established plants, however, are drought tolerant. The recommended USDA zones range from 7 to 10. Plants can be trimmed to control height.

Diseases, Insect Pests, and Other Plant Problems:

No known diseases or insect pests.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Illicium
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    Provides cover for birds.
    Edibility:
    All species and cultivars of Illicium, except for I. verum (Chinese Star Anise), have varying levels of toxicity.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    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:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Follicle
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is an aggregate of follicles arranged in a star-shaped whorl.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Solitary
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Many petaled red flowers, 1 1/2 to 2 inches, appear in early spring and fall.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate green leaves on petioles have entire margins.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    All species and cultivars of Illicium, except for I. verum (Chinese Star Anise), have varying levels of toxicity.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Sesquiterpene lactones
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Seeds