yellow anisetree Illiciaceae Illicium parviflorum
Leaf:Alternate, evergreen, simple, elliptical, thickened, to 36 inches, entire margin, fragrant (anise) when crushed; shiny green above, paler and glandular below.
Flower:Species is monoecious; yellow-green, borne singly on long stalks, 1/2 inch across, with numerous long thin petals, appearing in spring, somewhat pungent; appearing early summer.
Fruit:An inconspicuous star-shaped cluster of woody follicles.
Twig:Moderate to stout, yellow-green to gray-brown with red to green buds, terminal buds large and clustered, distinctly imbricate, leaf scars football-shaped, lateral buds minute.
Bark:Gray-brown and smooth.
Form:A multistem shrub to 15 feet, with a lesser spread, suckers from the roots.