Illicium floridanum J.Ellis

Florida Anise-tree

Flowers and leaves

Flowers and leaves

Family: Schisandraceae

Genus: Illicium

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 10

Size: To 10' tall, slightly less wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade


Upright shrub. Leathery, smooth, shiny leaves to 6" long and 2" wide. Anise fragrance when crushed. Red flowers, strap-like with yellow centers in spring.



Native to the southeastern US. Discovered by John Bartram in Florida in 1766 and introduced in 1771.

Published in Philos. Trans. 60: 524, 12 in 1770.


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