Florida Sunshine Anise Shrub

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The Florida Sunshine Anise Shrub (llicium parviflorum 'Florida Sunshine') is a gorgeous broadleaf evergreen that brightens your shade gardens and perfumes the air. Your Florida Sunshine Anise is just as the name implies - a ray of bright sunshine for your yard! It's an evergreen shrub that not only delivers superb four-season color but does so while also providing sumptuous fragrance.

An added bonus on the Florida Sunshine Anise Shrub, ½-inch, yellow-tinted white blossoms appear in spring, bobbing their delicate little heads on dangling stems. Deer won't bother your Florida Sunshine Anise, but the birds will appreciate the tiny, star-shaped seed pods that develop after the flowers. The elliptic, bright green leaves are 2 to 6-inches long. They have an eye-catching glossy appearance that accents their gold-toned finish throughout the spring and summer months.

As autumn approaches, the leaves transition to a brilliant yellow that's impossible to miss in any setting. Foliage on the Florida Sunshine Anise Shrub fades to a more sedate, understated beauty for winter, the creamy tones of the leaves contrasting with the reddish cast of the stems. Best of all, when crushed the foliage emits a delightful anise-like fragrance! Birds love the seeds, but they're not good for humans so don't try using them as you would the spice with a similar name.

Planting and Application:

Plant one as an accent on the north side of your home or use several for a vibrant hedge or screen along your property line. Your Florida Sunshine Anise Shrub doesn't require pruning, but you can shape it if you like, or even guide it into a tree-form if you prefer. It's even long-lived, so under ideal conditions, you can expect to be enjoying it for 50 years or more! Get a bright and colorful foundation plant, specimen or garden anchor that will certainly draw the eye!

Florida Sunshine Anise Shrubs have an upright, rounded nature. It has no significant disease issues and insects tend to leave it alone. It even naturalizes well, so use it as a carefree en masse planting to brighten shaded swaths of your property, and define the backyard and out-of-the-way areas without worry about deer chewing them to pieces! Naturalize large areas for erosion control or to fill a hard-to-mow hillside or slope with their earth anchoring roots.

  • Bright Yellow Foliage & Licorice Scent
  • Darling Blossoms for Pollinators
  • Star-Shaped Seeds for Birds
  • Year-Round Interest!
  • Hedge, Screen, Small Tree or Specimen

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Thriving in the partial sun or part shade, Anise bushes can’t handle full sun. Provide a well-drained and moderately moist environment with a good layer of mulch over the soil's surface. Prune only if needed and right after they’re done blooming.

  • Partial Shade/Part Sun
  • Moist Well-Drained Soil
  • Deer Resistant
  • Prune After Flowering
  • Naturalizes - Good for Erosion Control

Broadleaf evergreens are always a delight for their four-season color throughout USDA zones 6-9. However, few can compare to the eye-catching brilliance of Florida Sunshine Anise, with its shimmering golds and yellows, and delicious licorice scent. Once you experience the sumptuous beauty of one Florida Sunshine Anise, you're sure to want a few more for your home's landscape. Order yours today at NatureHills.com!

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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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Florida Sunshine Anise Shrub Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Illicium parviflorum 'Florida Sunshine'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Partial Shade
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moist
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellowish-White
Foliage Yellow & Gold
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes