Coffee (Coffea arabica)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10b +1.7 °C (35 °F) to +4.4 °C (40 °F)
Plant Height: 10 to 15 feet
Plant Spread: 8 to 15 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: Green drupe (cherry) turning bright red to purple at maturity, usually containing 2 seeds.
Flowers: Showy
Other: Scent similar to that of Jasmine.
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem


Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on Apr 3, 2019 5:53 PM

You might find a baby coffee plant, they are pretty common among the 3-4 inch starter plants. They will branch sideways. It seems pretty easy care for me (3-4 years) and has been in my low light bedroom all winter with barely a hiccup. Leaves are dark green, slightly wavy, and glossy- pretty! Wilts when dry, but recovers well, seems to be sort of a thirsty plant.
Adding this Feb 1 2020- I have a ripe bean on my plant, it must be self fertile or pollinate very easily, as I only noticed very few flowers on it in summer.

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Plant Events from our members
Kristine1212 On April 11, 2018 Seeds sown
theinferno On March 17, 2019 Maintenance performed
Fertilized with some 10-10-4 fert sticks.
theinferno On March 16, 2019 Potted up
Split the rootball and put 3 seedlings in one pot and one in another.
theinferno On March 14, 2019 Obtained plant
theinferno On June 1, 2018 Obtained plant
Approximate date. Nothing was done with him for a long time, he just chilled in his nice big pot.
theinferno On June 1, 2018 Deadheaded
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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