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Florida Sunshine Anise

Florida Sunshine Anise

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Florida Sunshine Anise
Illicium parviflorum 'Florida Sunshine'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this plant is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

Florida Sunshine Anise is a brilliant beacon in the shade garden - guaranteed to brighten the shady to partially shaded areas of your garden with its bright yellow foliage. The evergreen leathery leaves are glossy and elongated ovals, emerging a bright chartreuse and maturing to a mild chartreuse or yellow-green. As the weather cools in the fall, the leaf color brightens to screaming yellow. During the same time, the upper stems take on a brilliant red cast, contrasting vividly with the leaves. In late spring, white flowers are borne from the branches. Each blossom has many tepals (false petals, and dangles downward. The penny-size fruits ripen from an olive color to brown and have the scent of anise, when crushed. They look like tiny pumpkins. The shrub attains an upright (5' x 5'), rounded shape with open branches, especially in very shady situations and is highly deer resistant.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Florida Sunshine Anise is useful in the landscape as a an eye-catching specimen, in groups for vibrant splashes of color, or as a brightly colored, informal, low hedge. This plant is great for use in shady home foundation plantings. It is really a brilliant beacon in the shade garden! The landscape uses include as an Accent, in Containers/Planters, in a Flowering Shrub Border, in Groupings, as Natural Hedges, in Home Foundation Plantings, as Landscape Borders, Specimen Plants and Woodland Borders.  Use Florida Sunshine Anise in Perennial Gardens, Rock Gardens, Shade Gardens, Tropical Look Gardens, Woodland Gardens and Wildlife Gardens themed landscapes.

Cultural Preferences

Florida Sunshine Anise is very easy to grow in well-drained, moist soils rich in organic matter. This plant is best located in shade to partial shade. Maintenance is minimal except for a snipping here or there of a stray branch. 

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Plant Details

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub
Height at Maturity:  4-5'
Width at Maturity:  4-5'
Spacing:  3' for solid hedge;  7'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Bushy
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Small - 1"
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Chartreuse to Screaming Yellow in Winter!
Fragrant Foliage:  Yes
Berries/ Fruits:  Yes
Berry Color:  Pumpkin Orange
Sun Needs:  Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun, All Day Filtered Sun, Shade or Mostly Shade
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silt
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.5 (Acid to Slightly Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Heat, Insect, Shade

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5 Stars
Nice plant
Nice plant, deer hasn't eaten it yet. --------- WBG RESPONSE: Hi Tony - Don't think you'll have to worry about deer eating your Florida Sunshine Anise. We have deer all around our gardens in north-central Georgia and they haven't touched the Florida Sunshine or any other variety of Anise (Illicium) for that matter. They must not like the scent of the leaves. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service! - Brent | Wilson Bros Gardens
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from charleston,wv. on 5/12/2017
5 Stars
Beautiful plant
I ordered two of these and when I received them, they had fallen out of their pots during shipping and were broken and cracked at the base. I contacted Wilson Bros Gardens and sent them a picture and they immediately shipped out replacement plants. I am very well pleased with the size and health of the replacement plants when they arrived and they look great in my garden. The chartreuse color is really fabulous! And I am impressed with their great customer service and responsiveness. I will definitely buy from them again.
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Reviewed by:  from Charleston, SC. on 9/20/2015
5 Stars
Nice Plant
Both plants arrived in good shape and are now growing in our yard. Love the color as it is a nice change from the regular anise with darker green leaves. We have always liked the plants we have received from Wilson Bros. Gardens and have ordered quite a few over the last couple of years.
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Reviewed by:  from Raleigh , NC. on 7/7/2015

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