Ocala Yellow Anise is a very attractive large evergreen shrub or small tree with attractive light green leaves that release a pleasant fragrance reminiscent of root beer with a touch of licorice. In sun, the elliptical 5-inch long leaves will be light green and darker green in shade. Here in north-central Georgia, we’ve had better success growing this Anise in locations that provide some afternoon shade.
Ocala Yellow Anise is very easy to grow in organically rich, moist but well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. For best appearance and performance we recommend some shade in the afternoon. Maintenance is minimal except for a snipping here or there of a stray branch. That said, plants can be clipped to control height or to maintain as a hedge.
Though Anise will tolerate full sun with consistently moist soil, most varieties will prefer shade or part shade. Morning sun with afternoon shade or all-day filtered sun is fine.