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Anise Magnolia*

Magnolia salicifolia

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Anise Magnolia (Magnolia salicifolia) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Anise Magnolia flowers

Anise Magnolia flowers

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Anise Magnolia (Magnolia salicifolia) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Anise Magnolia

Anise Magnolia

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Willow Leaf Magnolia


This lovely small ornamental tree has slender branches and narrow leaves which are likened to that of a willow; the leaves and bark have a powerful lemon or anise scent if bruised; blooms from an early age with starry soft petaled flowers

Ornamental Features

Anise Magnolia is clothed in stunning fragrant white cup-shaped flowers with deep purple eyes held atop the branches from mid to late spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy red pods displayed in early fall.

Landscape Attributes

Anise Magnolia is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Anise Magnolia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Anise Magnolia will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit 
Ornamental Features