JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
ILLICIUM 'Florida Sunshine'
Plant Common Name
Florida Sunshine Anisetree, Hybrid Anisetree
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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.
AHS Heat Zone
9 - 4
USDA Hardiness Zone
7 - 10
H1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
5'-8' / 1.5m - 2.4m
4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m
Late Spring, Early Summer