Plant ID forum: coffee tree? Big-leaved Fig?

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chee
Oct 4, 2016 3:15 AM CST
Hello all,

I'm new here, have problem identify a random plant which is growing in my garden recently, please help to identify.

From time to time there are some random plants found growing in my garden, some time ago I found this plant growing but have no idea what it is. I've been told it's a coffee tree...some said it's a big leaves fig, not sure about that. It grows very fast and have big soft leaves, I want to keep it but since I don't know what it is, I don't know how to take care of it.

Does everyone has any idea if that's a coffee tree? or something else? Any idea is appreciated, many thanks!

Chee
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plantladylin
Oct 4, 2016 5:09 AM CST
The leaves do resemble Coffee (Coffea arabica) as well as Wild Coffee (Psychotria nervosa)

I can't offer care advice since it's not a plant I've ever tried growing but hopefully someone who grows it will pop in soon with advice.
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Silversurfer
Oct 4, 2016 6:13 AM CST


Coffea arabica can be ruled out as the leaves are opposite to each other.


https://war.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffea_arabica#/media/File:Di...
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plantladylin
Oct 4, 2016 6:38 AM CST
@Silversurfer, thanks for noticing the alternate leaf arrangement along the stem ... I just glanced at the leaves themselves. *Blush*

Not Coffea aravica or the wild coffee because those leaves are alternate also.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 4, 2016 6:39 AM CST
@chee, can you give us an idea of what part of the country the tree is growing? That will help narrow down a more exact ID.
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chee
Oct 4, 2016 8:38 AM CST
@plantladylin and @Silversurfer

Thanks a lot for answering! Now, at least I know it's not Coffea arabica.

The plant is located in Hong Kong, Asia. The leaves are very large and soft, it requires frequent watering, roots look quite thin to me.

Attached a photo of the roots, hope it helps!

Chee
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Oct 4, 2016 9:21 AM CST
My eyes aren't the best so I'm just making wild guesses. There is a plant with the common name of "Wild Coffee Tree", but I don't know if it's found in Asia. Colubrina arborescens
http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Colubrina%...
http://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/Colubrina_arborescens.ht...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colubrina


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chee
Oct 5, 2016 7:28 AM CST
Hello plantladylin,

Thank you so much for your reply and information/references!

It does looks quite similar to the one growing in my garden. I will further study the links you sent.

Thanks again for your help, have a good day!

Chee
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 5, 2016 9:39 AM CST
Chee, you are very welcome. If you ever see blooms on your tree I'm sure you will be able to get an exact ID. So, if it ever flowers please post a few photos of the blooms.
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chee
Oct 8, 2016 2:13 AM CST
Hello plantladylin,

This is so kind of you.

I do hope it blooms in near future but it looks like it's putting all strength in growing bigger and bigger leaves, the leaves are face long......I don't know how to handle it Glare just keep watering.
I have this for about two months now, my biggest concern is if it's toxic, I know this thought might be silly but as I'm new to gardening and I have no idea where it's from, so I'm a bit concern about it.

Anyway, let's see if it blooms soon!
Thanks again!

Chee

chee
Oct 8, 2016 2:18 AM CST
Hello plantladylin,

Just got someone from other forum said this plant remind him of an avocado seedling, what do you think?

Thank you! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend Rolling my eyes.

Chee
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 8, 2016 7:52 AM CST
Oh my, it really does look like Avocado! Check out some of these photos and links to our database for comparison. Avocado (Persea americana)





Another image of a seedling tree on this page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/AVOCADO-FRUIT-Persea-americana-YOUN...
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chee
Oct 9, 2016 3:18 AM CST
Hello plantladylin,

Thanks for replying and the infos!

Avacado seedling, it looks alike! Except mine got really huge leaves, approx. 9.5" in length and 6" width. The top new leaves really looks like avacado seedling leaves.

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Chee

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