Large Ruby Stars Anise Shrub in the garden covered in long green leaves and speckled with pink flowers Close up of Ruby Stars Anise Tree with long oval green leaves and pink flowers Ruby Stars Anise rose pink flowers close up Close up of single branch of Ruby Stars Illicium

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Ruby Stars Anise Shrubs

Illicium 'Ruby Stars'

Ruby Stars Anise Shrubs is the perfect choice if your yard does not get much sunlight. It is a shade-loving flowering shrub with evergreen foliage so it provides year-round interest.

Growzone: 6-10

As Low As: $49.95

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3 Gallon Pot $49.95

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Ruby Stars Anise (Illicium ‘Ruby Stars’) is an evergreen shrub that loves the shade. Its vibrant pink flowers and anise-scented leaves come together to create a dense, rounded effect. It grows to be 5 to 6 feet tall and makes an excellent hedge or natural specimen but also works well as a container plant. The foliage is dark green and holds its color throughout the year.

Growing Zone: 6-10
Mature Height: 5 to 6 Feet
Mature width: 5 to 6 Feet
Classification: Broad leaved evergreen shrub
Sunlight: Shade to part shade
Habit: Densely branched, spreading
Foliage: Green
Flower Color: Rose-pink
Pruning Season: Prune in spring to maintain shape and height
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Extremely attractive when used as in the mixed border, foundations, or privacy screen. Excellent for use as a container specimen.
This Plants Growzone: 6-10 Ruby Stars Anise Shrubs Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Ruby Stars Anise Shrubs

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Ruby Stars Anise Shrubs that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Ruby Stars Anise to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardeners best friend and can help guarantee your success. Watering Ruby Stars Anise Shrubs: After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Ruby Stars Anise Shrubs a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. You’ll want to water the bushes regularly after planting until they’ve been well established. We like to tell folks that when watering anise or any plant for that matter its best not to water the foliage of the plant. Water at the base of the plant near the soil line only. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.

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