Japanese Anise Tree, Star Anise
Upright oval to pyramidal.
Partial shade, in moist soils. Does not perform well in sun or dry sites.
More formal than I. floridanum, therefore, can be used in a more formal setting. Can still be used for naturalizing.
Alternate, oblong-elliptic, entire, 2 - 4 inch long and .75-1 inch wide. Leaves borne perpendicular to slightly drooping on the stems.
Buds are thick, and ovate.
Grayish brown, reddish when young.
Many-flowered from the axils of leaves, 1" in diameter. Flowers are creamy in color with about 30 strap-like petals. Not fragrant.
'Deep Purple' - Purple young foliage.
'Pink Stars' - Flowers emerge pink, new foliage is red.