Colubrina arborescens

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Greenheart, Coffee Colubrina


Plant Specifics

Size:10-20 ft tall by 10-15 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,yellow
Fruit Color:Purple,green,black
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms most of the year but most abundantly in late summer.
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Large tree or small shrub. Buffer planting or specimen tree.
Considerations:Seeds. Can become a weed.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock
Soil pH:Calcareous (high pH)



Birds and other small wildlife consume seed.


Pollinated by bees (

Native Habitats:Rockland hammocks and understory of pine rocklands.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Listed as endangered in Florida. Please acquire from appropriate sources.