Syzygium anisatum – Aniseed myrtle

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.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Syzygium anisatum
Common Name:Aniseed myrtle
Plant Type:Small tree, Large tree
Height:10 ~ 35 metres
Width:5 ~ 8 metres
Flower Colour:Cream
Flowering Time:Summer
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
Lifespan:Perennial
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

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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