This species is similar to other Illicium, having a combination of evergreen foliage, dense pyramidal form and shade-tolerance. The glossy, dark-green leaves are 6-8” long and the plant remains dense even in deep shade. Even more tolerant of shade than other Illicium. The star-petaled flowers range from pink to deep-crimson and bloom in spring. Leaves are anise-scented and deer-resistant. While it loves shade, our magnificent specimen is 15′ tall in full sun. An outstanding, maintenance-free specimen or privacy screen.