Illicium parviflorum ‘Forest Green’
('Forest Green', Anise)
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Illicium parviflorum, commonly called yellow anise tree or small anise tree, is an upright, rounded, suckering, evergreen shrub or small tree that grows to 10-15′ tall and spreads to 6-10′ wide. It is native to moist woods and swamps in central Florida. Shiny, elliptic, olive-green leaves (to 4" long) emit an anise-like aroma when crushed. Insignificant yellow-green flowers (to 1/2" diameter) bloom from the leaf axils in late spring (May-June). Fruit is a star-shaped cluster of follicles. Yellow anise tree is protected in Florida as a threatened species. Similar to the species, ‘Forest Green’ has darker green foliage even in full sun.