Wild Coffee (Psychotria nervosa)

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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
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Plant Height: 10 to 15 feet (3-4.5m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Other: Greenish-white
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Other: Sporadically at other times.
Underground structures: Taproot
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

photo credit: Jason Hollinger

Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 12, 2018 2:10 PM

I came upon a wild plant in Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, Florida, a little northwest of Fort Lauderdale, while on spring vacation. It is a good-looking evergreen shrub that is native from central Florida down into the West Indies. It grows in sunny to light shade sites with moist soil that is neutral to slightly alkaline pH. It bears nice small white flowers in spring and summer and small red to maroon berries in clusters that is eaten by birds.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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coffee tree? Big-leaved Fig? by chee Oct 9, 2016 3:18 AM 12
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Any one growing coffee trees?? by Mark619 Jun 13, 2015 9:00 PM 1
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