Illicium Florida Sunshine shrub for sale at Garden Goods Direct Florida Sunshine Illicium close up of bright yellow foliage Florida Sunshine Illicium planted in garden with yellow green foliage Yellow Anise Tree bright foliage standing out in an estate garden
Illicium Florida Sunshine shrub for sale at Garden Goods Direct Florida Sunshine Illicium close up of bright yellow foliage Florida Sunshine Illicium planted in garden with yellow green foliage Yellow Anise Tree bright foliage standing out in an estate garden

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Florida Sunshine Illicium

Illicium parviflorum 'Florida Sunshine'

Florida Sunshine Illicium are breathtaking bright yellow evergreen shrubs that thrive in the shade. Their foliage color varies between yellow and bright chartreuse depending on their sun exposure but either way, they are sure to stand out in your garden for all four seasons.


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Florida Sunshine Illicium Shrubs for Sale Online

Florida Sunshine Illicium (Illicium parviflorum 'Florida Sunshine'), also known as Yellow Anise Tree, is a showstopping evergreen shrub that brings vibrancy to your landscape. The bright yellow, dense foliage has no flowers to produce pollen which is great news for allergy sufferers. Florida Sunshine Illicium is a wonderful foundation hedge or privacy screen and works well in containers. Florida Anise Tree needs afternoon shade or the leaves risk bleaching; in intense sun the leaves turn bright yellow, in less intense sun, the leaves turn a stunning chartreuse. The leaves have the sassafrass fragrance of anise. When you buy your Florida Sunshine Illicium shrub online, you will enjoy its stunning foliage all year long.

Hardiness Zone: 6-10
Mature Height: 4 to 5 Feet
Mature width: 3 Feet
Classification: Broad leaved evergreen shrub
Sunlight: Shade to part shade
Habit: Densely branched, spreading
Foliage: Bright yellow
Flower Color: Non flowering
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.
Growzone: 6-10 Florida Sunshine Illicium Hardiness Zone 6-10

How to Care for Florida Sunshine Illicium

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Florida Sunshine Illicium plants 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 Florida Sunshine Illicium 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 occuring 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 Florida Sunshine Illicium Shrubs: After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Florida Sunshine Illicium 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 Privet 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.

Frequently Asked questions

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