COFFEE

FAMILY: Rubiaceae | GENUS: COFFEA arabica

TYPE
  • Evergreen
  • Shrubs
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
  • Filtered Light
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • House Plants

Plant Details

Native to East Africa. The coffee tree of commerce can be grown as a specimen or in shrub borders in the Tropical South; elsewhere, it's a handsome container plant for patios or large, well-lit rooms. Upright shrub to 15 ft., with evenly spaced tiers of branches clothed in shiny, dark green, oval leaves to 6 in. long. Small (-in.), fragrant white owers are clustered near leaf bases. These are followed by 12-in. fruitsgreen when they rst appear, then turning purple or red. Each fruit contains two seedscoffee beans. Grow in rich, well-drained soil, and mist frequently. In spring and summer, feed with a complete water-soluble fertilizer every other week. Protect from frosts.

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