A picture of a Coffee Tree

Coffee Tree

Coffea charrieriana

Coffee tree chary by DXLINH (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Frequent watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

10m

Max

7m

5m

Min

5m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

Coffee Tree Overview

Coffea charrieriana accounts for the only caffeine-free coffee production. The plant is an evergreen shrub or small tree, with glossy leaves, fragrant white flowers and two seeded fleshy fruit. The seeds or beans inside the fruit of this plant are dried and roasted to produce coffee beans.This tree was one of the top 10 new specie discoveries of 2008.

Common problems with Coffee Tree

Diseases like Bacterial blight and Brown eye spot can be troublesome.

    How to harvest Coffee Tree

    Harvest berries when no longer green, about 7-8 months after blossom.

    How to propagate Coffee Tree

    Seed

    Soak seed overnight and allow to germinate before planting into a pot.

    Cuttings

    Use tip cuttings after berries are harvested. Make 15-20 cm long cuttings and leave the top 2-4 leaves. Dip in rooting hormone powder. Place in well-draing soil and keep moist.

    Special features of Coffee Tree

    Attracts birds

    Hedge plant

    Other uses of Coffee Tree

    Edible

    Leaves can be used as tea, but the berries are usually dried, roasted and grind to make coffee.