anise tree

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Noun1.anise tree - any of several evergreen shrubs and small trees of the genus Illiciumanise tree - any of several evergreen shrubs and small trees of the genus Illicium
genus Illicium, Illicium - anise trees: evergreen trees with aromatic leaves
Illicium floridanum, purple anise - small shrubby tree with purple flowers; found in wet soils of southeastern United States
Illicium anisatum, star anise - small shrubby tree of Japan and Taiwan; flowers are not fragrant
Chinese anise, Illicium verum, star anise - small tree of China and Vietnam bearing anise-scented star-shaped fruit used in food and medicinally as a carminative
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
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Southern gardeners know it as the anise tree, though it is a shrub with pleasing coarse leaves and novel flowers in spring, like starbursts.
For several years Roche Pharmaceuticals has made the drug with shikimic acid from the pod of the star anise tree, a native of Asia.
In addition, star anise trees require specific climactic conditions for growth and it can take as many as six years for a new tree to bear fruit.