Illicium henryi
Common name: 
Henry Anise Tree
Chinese Anise Tree
Pronunciation: 
i-LISS-i-um (il-LIK-ee-um) hen-REE-i
Family: 
Illicaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub (usually) or small tree, 6-8(20) ft [1.8-2.4(7 m)] tall, pyramidal habit.  Leaves simple, leathery, lanceolate to obovate, 6-15 cm long, 1-5 cm wide, highly aromatic when bruised, tip pointed, base tapering to a fine wedge, margin entire, glabrous and glossy dark green above and paler below, petiole green, 1-2 cm long.   Flowers cupped, to 2 cm diam., waxy, copper to dark red, 10-14 petals (tepals), elliptic to obovate, 11-28 stamen.  
  • Part sun to shade.  Best in moist, high organic soil.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 7     Native to China.
  • Federal Way, Washington: Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
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  • plant habit, small shrub

    plant habit, small shrub

  • leaves

    leaves