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.
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.
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.