Bananappeal® Anise Tree

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Those of you who live in warm southern states know that shade is a good thing. It provides a place to rest out of the blazing southern sun and heat. Unfortunately, it can also be a challenging place to grow colorful and interesting things to make that resting place more restful. To help with that Nature Hills is proud to offer Bananappeal Small Anise Tree (Illicium parviflorum 'PIIIP-I')

This is a compact form of native Anise that has been bred to be better-behaved than other versions of Illicium. It won't shoot out long gangly stems at random and the leaves won't fade out in the winter. Instead, it stays in a nice round 3-foot mound and has golden-yellow leaves that practically glow in the shade! The pretty blooms are also fragrant and attract loads of pollinators.

The leaves smell like licorice when crushed or brushed so you'll want to plant them somewhere where you can touch them and release the great smell into the garden! People love it, but deer do not, so you don't have to worry about it becoming part of a wildlife buffet. Despite being related to the Anise plants that produce the spice, do not use Bananappeal® for culinary uses as it is actually toxic to humans.

Planting and Application:

Because of its smaller stature and compact habit it makes a great container plant and works well on the shady patio or porch. It doesn't tend toward suckering like other Illiciums do, either, so it will stay where you put it in your shade garden. Once Bananappeal® has been established it is totally low-maintenance, which makes your restful shade garden even more restful. Handling periodic moisture, these are great for water features, Rain Gardens, and near the gutters that always create an occasional soggy spot.

Perfect for Sensory gardens and wonderful in a hedge along where you frequently walk past them and can enjoy their fragrance! The star-shaped seeds are a bird's favorite. Despite being called a tree, these dwarf shrubby bushes stay small and perfect for year-round foundation color, low hedges and property division, or backdrops for small perennial gardens! Add bright pops of color throughout mixed-shrub borders with these tidy little evergreens!

  • Broadleaf Evergreen That Loves Shade
  • Colorful All Year!
  • Easy, Low-Maintenance Native Selection
  • Butterfly & Bird Friendly
  • Containers, Low Hedges, Beds, Borders & Shade Gardens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Hardy USDA growing zones 7-9, Anise do great in the heat! Maintaining their color in full shade, these small trees cannot handle full or even partial shade. Provide a moderately moist location that is well mulched for best results and health all year. Prune after flowering if needed, but these are incredibly low-maintenance plants!

  • Full Shade
  • Moderate to Occasionally High Moisture
  • Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Prune After Flowering
  • Deer Resistant

Deer-resistant, easy care and luminescent! Bananappeal® Anice Tree is a must-have for your southern shade garden! Hurry and order yours today at and brighten your shade gardens with bright year-round foliage!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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From To S&H
0 - 19.99 19.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Bananappeal® Anise Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-9
Growing Zones 7-9
More Information
Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Illicium parviflorum 'PIIIP-I'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Bright Yellow-Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes