'Woodland Ruby' Anise-tree has deep purple-red straplike flowers for an extended period in early to mid summer. Foliage is dark green and evergreen, somewhat reflexed in winter. Illicium x 'Woodland Ruby' needs protection from winter winds and is happiest in some shade, but will tolerate full sun as well. Per Bruce Crawford, it is happy in both wet and dry shade sites (as are many flood plain plants).
USDA Hardiness Zone
Illicium x Woodland Ruby #3 18-24" (deep purple-red)
Illicium x Woodland Ruby #7 2-3' (deep purple-red)