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Illicium Florida Sunshine

Illicium 'Florida Sunshine'

Bring bold, golden tones and fragrance to your borders and containers!

Item # 36247

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The leafy shows of this evergreen shrub range in colors from deep gold, sunshine yellow and antiqued ivory as the temperature and seasons progress. This compact bush is sure to bring a range of beautiful colors through the seasons for years to come in your gardens, foundation areas, landscapes or even a container. Perfect for wooded barriers as deer enjoy grazing on the small, anise-scented fruits it bears in the fall. The fragrance lasts for weeks and is a welcome surprise for a border bush selection. 'Florida Sunshine' reaches three to five feet high and two to five feet wide, and looks splendid when planted in rows. It's relatively trouble free with hardy resistance to heat, drought and humidity. For zones 6 through 9 and ships in a two-quart container.

Review Summary
(Based on 2 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


Deer Do Not Eat Them
D.Estenes from NJ wrote on March 29, 2018:

I purchased 3 of these and the next year I purchased 5 more. These are as good as boxwoods. I watched a deer walk right up to them and turn around. They won't eat them. The color of the foliage is fantastic. They really stand out. I can't wait for mine to get bigger. I just might get more of them. I am in zone 6b and they get a little beat up from the snow, But they spring back. If they were bigger they would do a lot better. We have had so many brutal snowstorms but they do fine.

A Bright Ray of Sunshine in the Winter Garden
Ashley from NC wrote on February 19, 2016:

North Carolina Evergreen Plants. This plant is stunning with upper leaves bright limey green and darker mid green leaves underneath. The red stems add a punch and drama to a foundation plant that could be used as a specimen. The plants were strong and were planted in December (we had a warm spell) but have survived and thrived with three snow/ice events since the beginning of January. I love these shrubs and I may have to buy a few more.

Hydrangea Planting:

Space according to ultimate size. Choose a good garden soil, high in organic matter that will help keep ample moisture available to the roots. The location should be sunny or partly shaded, the latter being preferable in dry areas.

If the pH of your soil is too high (alkaline), it can be reduced (made more acidic) by the addition of one tablespoon or more of Aluminum Sulfate per plant – this will make your flowers a deeper blue.


An annual mulch of compost is beneficial. In very cold or exposed locations, “hill” up the soil and mulch the base of the plant with pine needles or leaves. Most species require little pruning except the removal of dead flower heads after blooming or in early spring.

For H. arborescens, prune the previous year’s flowering wood to the ground in early spring. For H. macrophylla (H. hortensis) and H. serrata, thin out two- or threeyear- old flowering shoots at ground level to promote vigorous new growth. H.petiolaris should be pruned only for aesthetics.


Zones various

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