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Shady Lady Anise Tree

Illicium floridanum 'Shady Lady'

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Shady Lady Anise Tree (Illicium floridanum 'Shady Lady') at Meadows Farms Nurseries

Shady Lady Anise Tree foliage

Shady Lady Anise Tree foliage

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Height:  9 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Starflower


Wonderful white-variegated evergreen foliage smells like anise when crushed; produces star-shaped seeds similar to the culinary anise, but toxic; dangling, frilly red flowers; adapts to full sun with adequate moisture

Ornamental Features

Shady Lady Anise Tree features solitary nodding red frilly flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring. It has attractive green foliage edged in white. The fragrant narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. It produces brown capsules in mid summer.

Landscape Attributes

Shady Lady Anise Tree is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Shady Lady Anise Tree is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Shady Lady Anise Tree will grow to be about 9 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for sandy, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selection of a native North American species, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Screening  Garden  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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