Part sun and moist soils, similar to other Illicium.
Henry Anise-tree is relatively unknown for use in America gardens. Better suited to more formal uses in the landscape. Also useful in the shrub border and for naturalizing.
Dark green. Alternate, oblanceolate 4 to 6 inches long and 1 to 2 inches wide.
Flower buds are large and greenish-red, vegetative buds are reddish.
Borne in the axils of the leaves on 1.5 inch long peduncles. Flowers are 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter with about 20 petals. Color varies from a good pink to deep crimson. The best color of any of the Illicium.
Softwood cuttings collected in August, treated with 3000 ppm IBA should root in 4-6 weeks. Firm wooded cuttings collected in summer, treated with 3000-5000 KIBA should root in 8 weeks. Cuttings taken in February through March have also been successful.