Florida Sunshine in North Carolina

We thought we’d share a photo taken this week of the original plant of Illicium parviflorum ‘Florida Sunshine’ from our garden. All plants sold worldwide originated with cuttings taken from our specimen. The original plant has now been in the ground here for 22 years and measures 8′ tall x 8′ wide. The foliage becomes brightest in the cool temperatures of winter. Who says Southeast US native plants look ugly? Hardiness zones 6a to 9b.

Our 22 year old Illicium parviflorum 'Florida Sunshine'
Illicium parviflorum ‘Florida Sunshine’

6 thoughts on “Florida Sunshine in North Carolina

  1. Tony, from my experience with ‘Florida Sunshine’ it is intolerant of full sun or afternoon sun in the Piedmont of SC. The leaves become bleached white and eventually brown and necrotic. It appears as if the terminal leaves on a few of the shoots in your original plant are sun-bleached. Your thoughts?

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