Illicium parviflorum 'Florida Sunshine'
Florida Sunshine Anise
Item #: 6945
Zones: 6a to 9b
Height: 84" tall
Culture: Light Shade
Origin: United States
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
We brought three golden seedlings of the rare Florida endemic Illicium parviflorum back from our 2000 visit to Florida plantsman Charles Webb. After several years of evaluation, we selected one plant for introduction as Illicium 'Florida Sunshine'. Our original 16-year-old specimen has become a medium-sized shrub to 7' tall x 8' wide of anise-fragranced, chartreuse gold foliage during the spring and summer. As the weather cools in fall, the leaf color brightens to screaming yellow, then becomes a near parchment color by midwinter. During the same time, the upper stems take on a brilliant red cast, contrasting vividly with the leaves. In sun, the winter foliage will scorch, so we recommend this be grown in light shade...a stunning beacon in the winter garden.