Syzygium anisatum – Aniseed myrtle

A large rainforest tree which can grow to 45 metres in its natural range but around 10 metres in cultivation, but this can still be too large for average gardens, where  it is recommended to be grown in a large pot or container. 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
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Small tree, Large tree
Width : 8
Flowering Time : Summer
Soil Type : Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading
Soil Moisture : Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Edible, Tea, Fragrant oils
Scientific Name: Syzygium anisatum
Common Name : Aniseed myrtle
Height : 35
Flower Color : Cream
pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Container growing
Light : Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects