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Although everyone loves Backhousia anisata (Aniseed Myrtle) for its aniseed tasting leaves, botanists especially love this plant so much that it has three binomial names which are all used concurrently - Backhousia anisata, Syzygium anisatum and Anetholia anisata. Aniseed Myrtle contains contains both anethole and methyl chavicol which are responsible for its licorice and aniseed flavours. It's easy to see why Aniseed Myrtle has been classified in both the Backhousia and Syzygium (Lilly Pilly) genera as it's autumnal growth flushes red like a lilly pilly and it also has an abundance of powderpuff white/cream flowers. In the wild, Aniseed Myrtle grows naturally in the coastal rainforests in the Bellingen and Nambucca River catchments where it is classified as less common/threatened. It reaches a height of 15 metres in cultivation though up to 35 metres in its natural habitat. Aniseed Myrtle tolerates full sun but prefers morning sun and afternoon shade. It needs good drainage but appreciates moist soil so keep it mulched.  Aniseed Myrtle attracts several species of butterfly as well as native bees.

Backhousia anisata (Aniseed Myrtle)