Plant Care Anisetree


About Anisetree

The anise shrub is a large, upright, dense, evergreen shrub or small tree in the Schisandraceae (starvine) family. The common name refers to the licorice scent of its leaves when brushed or crushed. It is native to the lower southeastern United States and is the most cold hardy of the Illicum species. It blooms from May to June and may sucker to form colonies.


Illicium parviflorum

Also known as

Anisetree, Yellow anisetree, Yellow-anise, Swamp star-anise and Small anise tree

How to care for Anisetree


How often to water your Anisetree

Water needs for Anisetree
0.5 cups
every 9

Anisetree needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Anisetree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Anisetree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Anisetree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Anisetree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Anisetree in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Anisetree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Anisetree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Anisetree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Anisetree is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Anisetree


Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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