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Ocala Yellow Anise - Illicium parviflorum
Ocala Yellow Anise is an attractive large evergreen shrub or small tree with light green leaves that emit a root beer-like fragrance with a touch of licorice when rubbed. Ideal for use as an evergreen screen in part shade or as a corner plant or espalier in home foundation plantings. More details below

Ocala Yellow Anise - Illicium parviflorum

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Ocala Yellow Anise
Illicium parviflorum

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-11b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Anise 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

Ocala Yellow Anise is a very attractive large evergreen shrub or small tree with attractive light green leaves that release a pleasant fragrance reminiscent of root beer with a touch of licorice. In sun, the eliptical 5-inch long leaves will be lighter green and darker green in shade. Here in north-central Georgia, we've had better success growing this Anise in locations that provide some afternoon shade.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing upright to 10-15 feet tall and 6-10 feet wide, Ocala Yellow Anise is useful in the landscape as a specimen shrub or small tree, in groupings, or as a natural hedge in sunny or shady areas of the garden. Also ideal for use in home foundation plantings to frame corners or as espalier (trained to grow flat against a wall) between widely-spaced windows or on windowless walls. 

Suggested Spacing:  6' for solid hedges;  12' or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Ocala Yellow Anise is very easy to grow in organically rich, moist but well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. For best appearance and performance we recommend some shade in the afternoon. Maintenance is minimal except for a snipping here or there of a stray branch. That said, plants can be clipped to control height or to maintain as a hedge.

Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Anise.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-11  Find Your Zone 
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub
Height at Maturity:  10-15'
Width at Maturity:  6-10'
Spacing:  5-6' for solid hedge; 12'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Bushy, Tall
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  Yellow, Light Green, Chartuese
Flower Size: Small -  1"
Flowering Period:   Spring
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Light Green to Medium Green
Berries/Pods: Yes
Pod Color: Reddish Brown
Fragrant Foliage:  Yes
Sun Needs:  Full Sun, 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, Moderately Drained
Soil pH:  4.5 - 6.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances: Deer, Disease, Heat, Insect

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