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Wild Coffee


General Properties

Plant Name: Psychotria nervosa - Wild Coffee
Common Names: Wild Coffee, Shiny-leaf Wild Coffee, Seminole Balsamo
Plant Type: Evergreen Shrub,shrub
Origin: West Indies, Central America, South America
Family: Rubiaceae
Height (ft): 10
Growth: Medium
Hardiness Zones: 9-11
Salt Tolerance: Medium
Drought: Medium
Soil pH: Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline
Soil Type: Wide
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light: Low,medium
Nutrition: Low

Flower & Leaf Properties

Flower Property: Fragrant,inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green, White
Foliage Color: Green
Leaf Property: Simple, Opposite, Elliptic
Leaf Texture: Medium
Season: Spring, Summer

Other Properties

Uses: Specimen Shrub, Informal Hedge, Espalier, Mass Planting, Provides Significant Food And Cover For Wildlife
Propagate: Seeds, Cuttings
Fruit: Bright Red Berries
Notes: Grows well in partial to full shade. Leaves become chlorotic in full sun. Protect from frost or freeze. The fruit resembles true coffee beans but do not contain caffeine and are therefore not used as a coffee substitute.
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