The Coffee Plant reaches just 6 feet high and 4 feet wide in containers, and you can keep it trimmed to a bit smaller if you like. But you may find yourself falling in love with its good looks and wishing there were even more of it! The evergreen foliage is glossy and showy, with good branching. And in late spring and early summer, small star-shaped white blooms open all over the plant, releasing a jasmine-like fragrance of indescribable richness!
The flowers give way to large berries in a papery husk. This fruit is edible -- its flavor will remind you of grapes and its consistency of paw-paws -- but the real treat is the seeds inside. These are the famous coffee beans!
The Coffee Plant is easy to grow in light shade outdoors or a bright window inside. Hardy only in tropical climates, it needs to come inside if there is any danger of frost, and may begin dropping its leaves when temperatures reach the 40's. Give it protection from cold, and it will reward you with beauty, fragrance, and delicious beverages!