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BananAppeal™ Small Anise Tree

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About BananAppeal™ Small Anise Tree

Slip something a little unusual and fantastic into your landscape with the BananAppeal Anise Tree from First Editions Plants! This selection brings gorgeous chartreuse yellow and green foliage to the table all year long. Since it’s evergreen, your garden will be flush with golden yellow hues even in winter.

It can be challenging to fill shady spots in landscapes and gardens. However, this Illicium provides a solution to this all-too-common problem. This variety is notably shade tolerant! Therefore, the BananAppeal brings its brilliant, luminous tones to where they’re needed most, the shade!

Although technically a tree, the BananAppeal Anise Tree is far more compact than your typical Anise. It reaches a mature size of 3-4′ H x 3-4′ W! This opens up all kinds of uses in the landscape. Try it as an accent, use it in a mixed shade garden, plant it as a small hedge, or use it in a container.

The BananAppeal Illicium is more deer resistant than most landscape plants. However, there’s no such thing as a deer-proof plant so ravenous deer may still try to take a bite.

This beautiful yellow shrub is notably fragrant when leaves are crushed or cut. It gives off a notably licorice-like or anise fragrance.

Unlike traditional Anise, the BananAppeal Illicium has never had a ‘sucker’ yet. For those unfamiliar, suckers are root sprouts that produce new plants from a parent plant.

Building a shade garden? Check out a few popular shade varieties, the Soft Caress MahoniaMountain Snow Pieris, and Marvel Mahonia.

BananAppeal Anise Tree Care

Hardy from USDA Zones 7-9.

Prefers Partial Sun to Full Shade. Although shade tolerant, the BananAppeal Anise Tree will perform best with a small amount of direct or filtered sun daily.

Plant in moist, rich soil with good drainage for best results.

Water 3-4 times weekly for the first growing season to help it establish good roots. Constant root moisture is necessary for this variety to succeed. During the second growing season, watering can be reduced to 2-3 times per week. Additionally, due to its high moisture needs, we recommend applying a couple of inches of mulch yearly.

Fertilize with a slow-release balanced fertilizer in spring to keep the BananAppeal Anise Tree happy and healthy.

BananAppeal Anise Tree Spacing Recommendations

Space your BananAppeal Anise Trees 2-2.5 feet apart for seamless foliage. Alternatively, plant them over 4 feet apart to leave space between shrubs.

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Scientific Name
Illicium parviflorum
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Average Size
3-4' H x 3-4'W
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13 reviews for BananAppeal™ Small Anise Tree

  1. Christine Le (verified owner)

    Bananappeal. Died after about 5 weeks after we received it in the mail and seller won’t replace because it exceeds their warranty. Go to home depot instead. They warranty their shrubs for 1 year no question asked. And this place is not cheap!

  2. Randy Langley (verified owner)

    First time buying plants online. Happy camper, will purchase again from Plants by mail. BananAppeal tree arrived in great shape.

  3. Alice Brandreth (verified owner)

    Two plants arrived in excellent condition.

  4. Michelle (verified owner)

    Beautiful shrub and received in excellent condition. I can’t wait for spring to get it planted.

  5. Diane Penny (verified owner)

    Exceedingly pleased with my purchase! Seems to be adapting well to new surroundings.

  6. Candy (verified owner)

    Beautiful shrub .

  7. Don (verified owner)

    I’m really HAPPY with my tree. I hope it is HAPPY here in Delaware. EXCELLENT service from this company.

  8. John (verified owner)

    I read about this plant in Southern Living and immediately wanted one. Plants By Mail did not disappoint! The plant is beautiful in my new shade garden. [PS: The packing and packaging was the best I have even seen with a mail order plant company. Bravo!]

  9. John Schwoebel (verified owner)

    Plants arrived in perfect shape. They were easy to plant and at this point seem to have adjusted to their new environs.

  10. Bollen H (verified owner)

    Great plant. Adds nice color to the landscape

  11. Penny C. (verified owner)

    Great plant for shade!!! Great color!!! I definitely will be buying from “Plants by Mail” again. The shrub arrived fast and was packaged so well!!!!

  12. Matt (verified owner)

    A fantastic plant for shady areas with great color providing contrast to darker backgrounds. I’ve planted in in an area that still gets about couple hours of direct/filtered light and it’s doing well (zone 7a).

  13. Frances Smith

    How fast does the BananAppeal Anise grow?

    • PBM Garden Expert

      The BananAppeal Anise Tree tends to have a moderate to fast growth rate. Generally between 13-24″ of growth a year.

  14. rtorre02 (verified owner)

    I planted two of these trees in a shaded area of my garden near my patio. I love the aroma of this plant, the foliage, the shape and color. This is a remarkable tree!

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