Rock Star Plant -
BananAppeal® Small Anise Tree

BananAppeal® Small Anise Tree is a little green machine in the landscape thanks to its compact shape and luminescent foliage. Gardeners in warm climates across Zones 7-9 will love BananAppeal® for its durability in full shade and part sun areas of the landscape.

Compactly Compacted

This well-behaved shrub keeps its nice, mounded shape as it reaches its full maturity of 3-4 feet tall and wide. Unlike other varieties that shoot out long, gangly shoots, BananAppeal® stays nicely compact.

Gorgeous Foliage

The golden-yellow foliage of BananAppeal® stuns in the garden while also being disease-resistant. Planting this Rock Star is a great way to add a focal point to your space or a bright accent to your shade garden.

Great for Containers

Due to its small size, BananAppeal® is the perfect option for container planting, meaning gardeners in colder climates can enjoy this Rock Star shrub in their own zones. Check out our blog on container planting to learn more.

Deer Resistant

The chance of something taking a nibble out of BananAppeal® is small thanks to its deer resistant qualities. Head to our blog on the topic to learn more about deer-resistance and other plants in the First Editions® collection with this trait.


Planting: This shrub thrives when planted in part sun to full shade. To ensure you are planting your BananAppeal® correctly, check out our planting blog.

Watering: BananAppeal® does best when its soil is kept evenly moist. Be sure to watch our video on watering for the best tips and tricks to keep BananAppeal® hydrated all season long.

Fertilizing: BananAppeal® won’t need much fertilizer to kickstart that stunning color, but if you want to apply, be sure to use a granular, well-balanced, slow-release fertilizer. Apply once in spring when you see green leafy new growth, and be sure to follow the directions on the package. To learn more, watch our video on how to fertilize in spring.

Pruning: BananAppeal® can be pruned in the spring after it flowers.

Plant Details

Height: 3-4’

Width: 3-4’

Exposure: Part Sun to Full Shade

Hardiness Zone: 7-9

Heat Zone: 9

Shape: Upright, rounded

Foliage: Green

Retail Therapy

If you’ve added BananAppeal® Small Anise Tree to your plant wish list, you can purchase it online during our shipping season, or use our Find a Retailer tool to locate a garden center near you that sells First Editions® plants.