Re: Damage report
My tall Aucuba got hammered last winter (low of only -8F). The duration of cold seems to be the difference between this winter and last winter.
I'll save some Illicium seed for you. A mass planting of seedlings may get you a hardier form. Illicium is naturalizing in my yard......kinda cool to see. It likes the shady, damper locations in the yard to germinate. I have a red and a white form, so these seedlings may be hybrids??