A large rainforest tree which can grow to 45 metres in its natural range but around 10 metres in the garden, it can be pruned to size or grown in a pot if needed. It is a handsome plant with glossy dense foliage, the leaves have wavy margins and clusters of large cream fluffy flowers in summer. The leaves are aromatic with a distinct and pleasant aniseed-liquorice taste which can be used in cooking and as a tea. It also has anti microbial properties. Tolerates light frosts. This plant is also known as Backhousia anisata and Anetholia anisata.
|Scientific Name:||Syzygium anisatum|
|Common Name:||Aniseed myrtle|
|Plant Type:||Small tree, Large tree|
|Height:||10 ~ 35 metres|
|Width:||5 ~ 8 metres|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Container growing|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade, Half shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Propagation Method:||Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting, Hardwood cutting|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Screen, Windbreak, Fragrant|
|Special Uses:||Edible, Tea, Fragrant oils, Street tree, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects|
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