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ILLICIUM 'Florida Sunshine'

Image of Illicium 'Florida Sunshine'

JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

Family

Illiciaceae

Botanical Name

ILLICIUM 'Florida Sunshine'

Plant Common Name

Florida Sunshine Anisetree, Hybrid Anisetree

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Brightening woodlands with its chartreuse foliage on salmon-red twigs, Florida Sunshine anisetree also bears white flowers in late spring. A hybrid seedling collected by Tony Avent, this broadleaf evergreen shrub is often confusingly listed as a cultivar of either Illicium parviflorum or Illicium floridanum, both native of Florida and the American Southeast. It attains an upright, rounded shape with open branches, especially in very shady situations.

The leathery leaves are glossy and elongated ovals, emerging a bright chartreuse and maturing to a mild chartreuse or yellow-green. In late spring white flowers are borne from the branches. Each blossom has many tepals (false petals) and is not-so-pleasantly fragrant and dangles downward. The fruits ripen to brown and have the scent of anise when crushed.

Grow Florida Sunshine anisetree in acidic, organic-rich soils that are moist. This selection is best located in partial shade to protect the foliage from bleaching to pale yellow or simply scorching. Use it as an accent in a mixed woodland border or as a brightening companion to darker-leaved rhododendrons, azaleas and mountain laurels. It is also good for a moist, shady spot in a foundation bed. It is not foraged by hungry deer.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade

  • Height

    5'-8' / 1.5m - 2.4m

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Chartreuse, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Chartreuse, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Chartreuse, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Chartreuse, Yellow Green

  • Bark Color

    Salmon, Sienna, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No