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Sale Illicium parviflorum 'Florida Sunshine' (yellow anise tree)

Illicium parviflorum 'Florida Sunshine' (yellow anise tree)

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Evergreen shrub

You must have Florida Sunshine small anise-tree if you struggle with feeling gloomy in winter. The yellow leaves glow and pulsate with sunny cheer that's especially welcome during gray days and in grayed-out garden areas, but the yellow glow is a real mood-lifter 365 days a year.

Small anise-tree is the quintessential native understory evergreen, requiring afternoon shade at least, but with Florida Sunshine shade is even more important or the yellow leaves may bleach out a bit in winter. Interestingly, the leaves don't bleach out in sun in summer.

The young growth can look more chartreuse in certain lights, but it matures yellow.

Small anise-tree likes wet soils, but is more drought tolerant than Illicium floridanum. It's great for a shadowy, wet corner of your garden.

We think it's slower growing than the green-leaved species type, but it's fast enough to add impact in 2-3 years.

  • winter interest (bright leaf color)
  • evergreen screening shrub
  • deer resistant
  • large screening shrub
  • spreads by suckers and densely colonizes an area
  • great for planting in low-lying wet areas in the shade
  • heat tolerant
  • fragrant leaves
  • deer resistant
Common Name
Ocala yellow-star
Other Names
small anise-tree
USDA Hardiness Zones
Growth Rate
Flower Color
Showy Flower?
Flower Season
Leaf Colors
  • Winter: yellow
  • Spring: yellow
  • Summer: yellow
  • Fall: yellow
Fall Leaf Color Quality
evergreen and maintains pretty color in the cold
Native to USA?
Native To
Georgia, Florida
Soil Moisture Requirements
moist, wet
Soil pH Requirements
acid to neutral
Light Requirements
full shade, morning sun only
To Make It Thrive
Give Illicium parviflorum Florida Sunshine plenty of water and shade (not the sunshine the name might imply!).
Plant Patent
Do the flowers have an odor?

Are the seeds edible?
No, this is not star anise, the spice, but it's related.

Do the leaves have a scent?
Yes, they smell like anise when crushed.

Is this the plant that was written about in the March 2018 issue of Carolina Gardener?
Yes, this is the same Florida Sunshine small anise-tree written about in that issue. We were elated to see it there!

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