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Illicium mexicanum (Mexican anise tree)


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Illicium mexicanum Common Name: Mexican anise tree Genus: Illicium
Attractive, glossy, dark green leaves and red flowers are similar to those of Florida anise, but this plant flowers continuously from spring to fall. Red fruit follows.
Noteworthy characteristics: Closely related to I. floridanum. Useful in the woodland garden or shrub border, where hardy.
Care: Shelter from cold, drying winds. Grow in humus-rich, acidic, moist but well-drained soil.
Propagation: Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Layer in summer.
Problems: Bacterial spot, anthracnose, stem canker, root and crown rots.
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Fragrant Foliage; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Fall; Spring; Summer
Foliage Color Evergreen
Flower Color Red Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Style Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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