We explained under the FLA Sunshine type why yellow-leaved anise-trees are important denizens for a garden, so we won't go into that here.
What we want you to know about BananAppeal is that it's half the size as others, forming a 3-4' tall by 3-4' wide, round shrub. So this one has a different shape, being a lower mound, rather than an upright-oval form.
Plus, the leaves don't bleach in winter sun. That's a helpful difference because it allows you more flexibility in where you plant it - you don't have to plant it in full shade.
Small anise-tree likes wet soils, but is more drought tolerant than the related species Illicium floridanum, a.k.a. Florida anise.
Anise trees are great for a shadowy, wet corner of your garden and, due to its ability to hold the yellow color in winter, BananAppeal can tolerate winter sunlight better than FLA Sunshine.
Thank you First Editions® for another terrific shrub.
small anise-tree, Ocala yellow-star
USDA Hardiness Zones
- Winter: yellow
- Spring: yellow
- Summer: yellow
- Fall: yellow
Fall Leaf Color Quality
evergreen and maintains pretty color in the cold
Soil Moisture Requirements
Soil pH Requirements
acid to neutral
full shade, morning sun only
To Make It Thrive
plenty of water and shade