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Botanical Name: Illicium henryi
Common Name: Henry Anisetree
Notable Feature: Considered the showiest of all the Illicium species, the Henry Anisetree produces plentiful waxy, coral pink flowers in late spring.
Habit: A large, broadleaved evergreen shrub with a dense, pyramidal habit and excellent shade tolerance. Grows 6 to 15 feet tall.
Flower: The pink to red, waxy flowers appear in late spring on the branch tips. The perfect (bisexual) flowers are approximately 1 ½" in diameter, star-shaped, and consist of 20 petals each.
Fruit: Brown, star-shaped and whorled seed pods appear in the fall.
Foliage: Evergreen leaves are thick and leathery and are dark and shiny above and dull green below. They emit an anise-like aroma when crushed.
Interesting Fact: Little troubled by diseases or insects. The volatile oils in the leaves and stems protect the plant from browsing animals. Attractive to birds and maintenance-free, this plant makes a good privacy screen in the landscape.