SHORTLEAF WILD COFFEE
(Psychotria sulznerei)

NATIVE

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 10b - 11

Dull Leafed Wild Coffee is a shade tolerant native shrub with flowers that attract butterflies and fruits that attract birds. The dull leaves with their deeply veinated surfaces are an attractive, eye catching addition to any yard especially when used in combination with its shiny leafed cousin. Unfortunately, the dull leaf variety is not commonly available in retail.

Wild Coffee will grow both in sun or shade. It tends to grow taller (up to 10 ft.) and spread out more (up to 8 ft.) in a shady setting while full sunlight keeps the plant smaller. Wild Coffee does well in a wide range of soils from acidic to alkaline and it is moderately drought tolerant. It is not freeze tolerant which explains why South Florida is the northern extent of this plants range. Aside from Florida it is a common understory shrub in the West Indies, Southern Mexico, Central America and some areas in South America.

Early settlers in Florida brewed a coffee substitute drink from the seeds of this plant.

A closely related plant is the Shiny Leafed Wild Coffee.

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