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Shiny-leaf Wild-coffee, Wild Coffee
|Size:||2.0 to 6.0 ft tall by 1.5 to 3.0 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Phenology:||Evergreen. Blooms and fruits year round except during cold or drought.|
|Noted for:||Showy flowers, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage|
|Recommended Uses:||Small specimen plant, foundation planting, general cover plant in shaded areas.|
|Considerations:||Wild Coffee does not like constant full sun.|
|Propagation:||Readily self-seeds, seeds can be collect from fruit and should be planted after last frost in cold areas.|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed|
|Light:||Part Shade, Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.|
|Soil or other substrate:||Loam, Lime rock, Sand|
|Soil pH:||6.1 to 7.5|
Birds like the fruit.
Nectar plant for atala (Eumaeus atala), great southern white (Ascia monuste), julia (Dryas iulia), Schaus' swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus), and other butterflies.
Attracts pollinators including a variety of bees and wasps, flies, and beetles.
|Native Habitats:||Dry mesic to xeric hammock, high areas in swamps, coastal shell mounds, pine flatwoods.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|Ethnobotany:||This is not a coffee substitute (Pinkley 1969; Austin 2004). Its common name is may be a reference to some visual similarity to coffee|
|General Comments:||Sensitize to cold weather.|