Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Evergreens
Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, neutral, alkaline, rich, average, poor, loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: April, May, June, July, August, September
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11
Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, berries, evergreen, fall interest, hedging plant, showy fruit
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Psychotria nervosaAlso known as:
Psychotria lanceolata, Psychotria nervosa var. lanceolata, Psychotria portoricensis, Psychotria undata
A south Florida native, Psychotria nervosa is a showy evergreen shrub with deep green, waxy, deeply veined leaves. The white flowers are inconspicuous, but give way to attractive red berries that resemble coffee beans, hence the common name wild coffee.
This multi-trunk shrub is highly adaptable. It can used as mass plantings, trimmed to create espaliers, hedges and privacy screens, or grown as a moderate height specimen (up to 15 foot tall). It is tolerant of poor soil so long as it is well drained and remains moist. Its form and foliage will be more attractive when planted in filtered light. Full sun is acceptable but will cause the leaves to yellow prematurely. Blooms during spring and summer, Apr-Sept. Frost tender, it might need protection in zone 9. Zones 8-11
Propagate from seeds that have been stripped of their flesh. Can also be propagated from semi-hardwood cuttings or by layering.
Psychotria nervosa is a member of the Madder family, which includes "true" coffee and quinine.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
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