Illicium anisatum L.

Japanese Star Anise-tree

Family: Schisandraceae

Genus: Illicium

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 9

Size: 6 to 10' tall, 4 to 6' wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Part Shade


Leaves are alternate, dark green and lustrous, to 4" long, wavy margins. Greenish-white flowers in spring. Moist, well-drained soil.


'Deep Purple' - purple new growth ages to dark green, white flowers - introduced by Hawksridge Nursery.


Native to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Introduced in 1790.

Published in Syst. Nat., ed. 10 1050 in 1759.

RHS Award of merit in 1930.


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